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Plans for a new urban sports centre in Folkestone have been unanimously approved by the council.
Believed to be the first of its kind in the world, the state of the art centre will include an indoor multi-storey skate park, accommodating skateboarding and scootering at beginner, intermediate and competition levels, together with cutting edge facilities for climbing, bouldering and boxing, including a potential new home for Folkestone Amateur Boxing Club.
Construction of the £10 million project is expected to take between 18 and 24 months with preparation work beginning almost immediately. Designed by Guy Hollaway Architects who have been working with Maverick, a specialist skate park design consultancy, the project is being funded by the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust (RDHCT).
Inside the building there will be a rooftop function room with views out to the harbour and an indoor café.
The Charitable Trust have previously supported other major sports and recreation projects; including Three Hills Sports Park and the setting up of the Shepway Sports Trust, who will be based in the new centre.
The trustees [of RDHCT] believe it will provide another exciting and innovative opportunity for sport engagement in the district.
Local people will be able to use the facilities at special prices and full wi-fi connectivity will enable the urban sports park to transmit skating competitions.
Skate park gets planning approval
The planning approval by Shepway District Council follows a series of public consultations that were held last year.
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