Brenda Blethyn hosts event at Discovery Park for Project MotorHouse

Posted on 05/05/16

Discovery Park welcomed acclaimed actress Brenda Blethyn to the site for a special event bringing businesses on site up to date on an ambitious project to create a new cultural heart for Ramsgate.

The star of ITV’s Vera, her many awards include a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. She has been twice nominated for an Oscar cinema and for an Emmy. She is one of the trustees of Project MotorHouse.

Its ambitious aim is to repurpose the former West Cliff Hall, the town’s old motor museum into a new leisure and entertainment centre, complete with indoor and outdoor cinemas, theatre, gallery, function rooms and a brasserie style restaurant.

The exciting vision is being designed by award winning architects, Guy Hollaway, who are also designing Elwick Place, in Ashford, and were involved in the redevelopment of Dreamland, Margate and the £100 million redevelopment of Bromley town centre.

In addition to the physical transformation, the project intends to add to the economic regeneration of the town, with a number of employment projects to create opportunities for young people.

Project MotorHouse is the brainchild of director, and former Dr Who companion, Janet Fielding, who recognised the building’s potential after moving to Ramsgate in 2008.

She joined Brenda at a drinks reception held at Discovery Park on Thursday, 5 May with businesses from across the site invited to get involved and support the project.

“This project has something for everybody. It will create fabulous facilities for the area as well as helping local young people improve their skills,” said Janet.

Kimberley Anderson, Corporate Relations Manager, Discovery Park, added: “We were delighted to be able to host Brenda Blethyn and the Project MotorHouse team at Discovery Park, which has enjoyed its own regeneration over the past three years.

“This project has the potential to do the same for Ramsgate, not only transforming a derelict site into a new cultural heart but creating opportunities for young people.”

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