Thanet District Council is progressing well with the redevelopment of Foy House on Margate High Street.
This will see this long-term empty building brought back into use to provide eight self-contained 1 and 2 bedroom flats and will contribute to the regeneration of the town centre.
The council will be publishing the tender papers to appoint a contractor to complete the development, week beginning 26 July 2021. The closing date for submissions for this tender is 13 September 2021. Interested developers will find the details on the Kent Business Portal and on Contracts Finder. The publication of the tender to redevelop the building follows 18 months of work since the council acquired the building from its previous owner in November 2019.
The newly refurbished flats will provide temporary accommodation for people and families with urgent housing needs, who are being supported by the council. These immediate needs can occur for a wide variety of reasons, such as fleeing domestic abuse, marital breakdown, losing a job or being unable to pay rent. This project will provide a safe and supported home, until new accommodation can be found.
Cllr Jill Bayford, Cabinet Member for Housing at Thanet District Council said:
“I am delighted to see this project progress. It will breathe new life into a derelict building and support the regeneration of Margate High Street. Supporting people whose circumstances have left them without secure accommodation is rightly a priority for the council and is just one part of our overall strategy to support the housing needs of people in Thanet. It is important that we are able to provide supportive services when people most need help.”
The eight flats will be managed by the council, and tenants will be supported throughout their stay by a dedicated manager.
You can read the full Housing, Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy on Thanet District Council’s website.