The aim is to get a cinema in Tenterden.
Full Building Feasiblity Study 21 April 2020
Conversion of the Pebbles Building, No 55 High Street, Tenterden into a 2 screen digital cinema with a cafe/bar prepared for Tenterden Town Council
by Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, Architects and Urban Designers, Craigmount Consulting, Greenwood Projects, Conisbee, SGA Consulting Ltd, Theatre Projects
Read the report here: https://www.mytenterden.co.uk/pdf/tenterden-cinema-full-building-feasibility-study.pdf
UPDATE 17 DECEMBER 2019
Tom Evans Chair, Cinema Focus Group
The Cinema Project Advances to the Next Stage in 2020. We are moving forward! In September, the Council issued a competitive public call for tender for the full feasibility study of the ‘Pebbles’ building on the High Street. An expert panel evaluated the five bids, and decided that the award-winning architects Burrell Foley Fischer had the best answers. The Council has now approved the decision and the study will begin early in 2020, based on Burrell Foley Fischer’s favoured revised outline proposal, which uses the historic building for front-of-house, café and ancillaries, placing the two auditoriums in a new, partly sunken building on the site of the former stable block. Our survey of Millennium Garden use in July suggested that this plan would increase the use of the garden and improve its amenity.
Burrell Foley Fischer, and their team of consultants, will produce a digital survey, engineering studies of the building and site, more detailed design proposals, initial costings and business plans based on consultations with potential operators and the Focus Group. The feasibility study will also include the site archaeological study and pre-application to Kent Highways.
While the study is in progress, the Focus Group will be making plans for the next stage which, all being well, will include a detailed planning application and fund-raising toward the cost of the construction of the new auditoriums.
From Tenterden Town Council's website
A CINEMA FOR TENTERDEN
The promotion of a commercial-run cinema for Tenterden. The Town Council will retain the freehold of the Pebbles and Millennium Gardens and will receive a share of profits. The building was kindly bequeathed to the town for the benefit of residents and visitors and the Town Council is keen to comply with the terms of the bequest.
An enthusiastic focus group comprising local residents has been formed to investigate (with appropriate expert help) the feasibility of establishing a commercial cinema in Tenterden, securing the premises (currently The Pebbles building at 55 High Street, which is owned by the town council) and entering into an operator’s agreement with a suitable operator to adapt and fit out the building and run the cinema operation.
The financial/commercial viability of a cinema in Tenterden has been established. A Historic England assessment of the building itself revealed concerns over the fabric of the wooden structure. The architect has since produced alternative plans which address those concerns and the next phase will be to confirm the viability within that specific location and involve the prospective cinema providers. Once this stage has been reached, the project will come under the control of a dedicated company which will sublet the building to the operators. The latest plans involve accommodation of the auditoria within the Millennium Gardens by clever design using planting and a green roof has allowed an ecological gain as well as the increased public amenity. The Neighbourhood Plan Green Spaces Group has been consulted on the plans.
The town council has been asked to contribute a total of £500,000. The current state of the building would have necessitated this expenditure whatever the eventual purpose.