Dreamland, Margate - Thanet District Council
Urban Delivery was instructed by Thanet District Council to provide initial financial advice on the proposed acquisition of the former Dreamland Amusement Park site in Margate
Dreamland was a popular tourist attraction in Margate, originally opened in the 1920’s and featured the UK’s first rollercoaster which remains on site to this day and is a listed structure. The amusement park closed in 2005. Since then the site has been underutilised and a number of listed structures have fallen into a state of disrepair. The redevelopment of the site and creation of a heritage amusement park, building on the historic attractions, represents one of the Council’s major regeneration objectives for the seaside town alongside the Turner Contemporary, which opened in 2011.
Urban Delivery worked with the Council to prepare a series of development options for the heritage amusement park and adjacent land that could be financially appraised. The results of the appraisal work and sensitivity analyses provided a platform of information from which the Council could make decisions about the next steps and how to secure the delivery of their objectives for the site.
Urban Delivery also provided commercial regeneration and economic evidence at the successful Dreamland CPO Inquiry which ran from January to March 2012.
Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund, the Government’s Sea Change programme and Thanet District Council, Dreamland Trust is working in partnership with the Council to create a unique and quintessentially British visitor attraction: the world’s first amusement park to feature thrilling, historical rides, classic side shows, cafés, restaurants, special events, festivals, learning, creative interpretation and gardens.
Dreamland re-opened to the public on 19th June 2015.