The Speaker at the next members meeting on 21st March will be the architect David Carrington. David is a partner with architects KDPA who were responsible for the renovation of The Royal Victorian Pavilion which together with the Clock House are probably the two most important buildings in Ramsgate Royal Harbour.

Originally built in 1904 as a concert hall and assembly rooms the strikingly elegant Victorian/Edwardian building bears all the classical hallmarks of the ‘Robert Adam Orangery’ on which it was based. It was opened by HRH Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle. The building was named after her mother, Queen Victoria who had been a frequent visitor to Ramsgate during her early years. Key elements included replacing the signature curved zinc roof and a succession of oval dormer windows that had long since disappeared. Large scale, classical arched windows that had been blocked up were re-opened and re-glazed in their original format reconnecting the interior with the stunning coastal landscape.

One of our remits as set out in our constitution is : "To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Ramsgate."

With this in mind the Executive Committee are proposing to offer a design award for a new building or restoration project which they think achieves a standard of design that enhances the quality of the built environment in the town. The awards will be made every other year starting in 2018.
We are therefore inviting our members to nominate a building or development which they think is worthy of recognition.
There are four categories:
  1. New Buildings 
  2. New Housing
  3. Historic Buildings that have been renovated 
  4. Public Realm and Open Spaces
If you know of an individual building or larger development in Ramsgate that you feel is worthy of recognition because of its good design then please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the address and post code and a brief description of why you think its worthy of recognition and the committee will consider it for a Ramsgate Society Design Award. The nominations should be for projects that have been completed between 1st January 2016 and 31st December 2017. 
The judging committee will consist of members of the Ramsgate Society Executive Committee and The Ramsgate Heritage and Design Forum.
Suggestions can be This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The closing date for entries is 31st March 2018 and the awards will be presented at a members meeting at a date to be announced later in the year. We look forward to receiving your suggestions.

Our Great British Spring Clean

10.00 am, Sunday 4 March 2018,

Clock House, Ramsgate Harbour

As part of Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean, members of The Ramsgate Society will be joining hands with local groups, including Sea Scouts, Guides and Cadets to pick up litter in and around Ramsgate town centre and harbour on Sunday 4th March 2018 from 10am. The litter pick will start from the Clock house at the Ramsgate Harbour. It is hoped community groups and volunteers will join The Ramsgate Society in making it a Great British Spring Clean.

For more information, contact Meher Basit on 07792423775.

Sir Terry Farrell CBE has called on the planning profession to embrace the opportunities presented by the continuing technology revolution.

Speaking at a ceremony at which he became only the 15th person in more than a century to be awarded the RTPI’s Gold Medal, the architect, planner and urban designer said emerging technologies were set to “transform” the planning profession.

”We may get to the point where we don’t have planning committees,” said Sir Terry, “instead having decisions on planning applications made through the equivalent of game simulators where you can press a button to decide yes or no.”

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