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A community venue for all

Broadstairs Town Council has been working with the Escapement to deliver a community and commercial mix in the old Retort House building, in the Albion Street car park.

In April 2018, Broadstairs and St. Peter’s Town Council completed the Community Asset purchase of Pierremont Hall and associated buildings as well as Retort House, the Sports Centre in Albion Street Car Park, thus safeguarding them for the benefit of the town and its residents.

Much needed refurbishment works have been phased over several years, restoring the buildings and creating facilities for both community and commercial organisations. This has been a challenging and lengthy process but in turn this has also created local work opportunities for both contractions and long-term tenants.

The Escapement came forward as a potential tenant of Retort House during an Expressions of Interest exercise back in April 2018. The Town Council worked with the company to establish the best mix of community and Commercial for Retort House. They have since moved into the Left side of the building. The Escapement has since earned the title of The UK’s #1 Rated Escape Room on TripAdvisor with over 2000 five-star reviews and the best escape room in Kent. This has created fantastic tourism for Broadstairs, based on what was once the town’s unused asset. 

With the help of a Capital Sports Grant of £6000 from Kent County Councils, the community element of the building, Retort house Community Venue, has since been renovated by the Town Council. While the Sports hall has remained for use of the likes of 5-a-side football, yoga, badminton, and events. The venue now includes other facilities such as refurbished toilets/changing rooms, including accessible toilets, and a new kitchen. 

The Town Council hopes that Retort House will be a venue for all and another successful business and community asset in Broadstairs.

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