Our latest challenge has presented itself as a restoration and redevelopment proposal for the former State Cinema in Grays. It is one of only eight ‘super cinemas’ in England, with its listing of grade II* reflecting its great architectural and historic importance. Opened in 1938, it is a colossal brick building whose tower in particular forms a landmark in the town centre. Its external character reflects Modernist architectural influences, enveloping an interior that includes a single auditorium accommodating 2,200 people.
With proposals at an early stage, we are working on ideas to reinvigorate the building, returning the excitement to this magnificent icon. In bringing new life to a piece of urban fabric of this scale, we are keen to generate a positive impact on the wider surrounding area.
KDPA were delighted this week to receive an award for townscape regeneration from Maldon District Council for The Rose & Crown. Attending the 32nd Conservation & Design Awards it was a great moment for KDPA to enjoy recognition of a meticulously researched scheme that blended 16th Century authenticity with 21st Century styling.
Royal Victoria Pavilion, Ramsgate is one of the UK’s most iconic seaside structures and KDPA are currently working on the transformation and revitalisation of this much loved but sadly much dilapidated local landmark. Taking inspiration from the original design by architect Stanley Davenport Adshead the ambition is to restore all of the key features that have disappeared over the years giving Ramsgate back its architectural gem with a mixed use development worthy of a 21st Century audience.
KDPA have designed a multi layered landscaped roof garden as part of a City centre redevelopment in Exeter. The three storey roof terrace occupies redundant roof space and a plant deck, whilst a series of cuts to the existing building fabric allow for additional access and a folding glass rear elevation forges a new relationship with the terrace. On the mid-level, a ‘loggia’ space has been created, forming a carefully framed vista of one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture anywhere in the world – the nearby Exeter Cathedral.
With entries from over 70 Countries around the world, KDPA are excited to be shortlisted in the best Pub category at this year’s Restaurant and Bar Design awards. Our development in Wells has revitalised a former 1950’s bus garage, converting it into a vibrant new pub and restaurant.
We look forward to the event which is set to be one of the highlights of the design world calendar.