Sunshine Café, Dreamland Phase 2

Tracey Emin was the guest of honour at the ceremonial switching on of the "Dreamland" neon sign.

Sunshine Café, Dreamland Phase 2

The restoration of the former Sunshine Cafe and cinema entrance foyer at Dreamland, is a significant step towards further increasing visitor enthusiasm in Dreamland and making the entertainment complex work as a whole.

Completion of this second phase of works will significantly contribute to the continued regeneration of Margate. This iconic project will bring the former Sunshine café back to life as a new restaurant and it is hoped will pave the way for further development of the Art Deco Cinema Complex.

A lettable space has been created within the seafront landmark with repairs to the original building fabric through installing and replacing cast iron windows, re-roofing, restoring the building’s’ fin ‘and brick fascia, installing a lift, new external signage and installing neon lighting.

Restoration of the foyer to its original 1930s design includes new external brass hand railings, Bronze entrance doors and restoration and renewal of Travertine limestone facade to include reintroduction of brass poster frames and inserts.

Future plans are for the internal restoration to include plastering to walls, Venetian plaster work to the ceiling, bespoke lighting and signage, Brass hand railing and original décor and to include restoration of the Art Deco reception.

The works, are our second phase of major redevelopment, having previously completed a multimillion pound programme of works to Grade II listed buildings at the Dreamland Amusement park.

We use local labour wherever possible – first phase of works used 95% Kent based subcontractors many of whom have a personal interest and desire to see the Dreamland complex restored to its former glory.

Thanet District Council
Nick Dermott
Judge Architects
Dreamland Phase 1
Kent College Dining Hall

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