Folkestone Skate Park
ImageLib_3_1312_468x312_468x312.jpg ImageLib_3_1084_468x312_468x312.jpg ImageLib_3_1086_468x312_468x312.jpg ImageLib_3_1087_468x312_468x312.jpg ImageLib_3_1311.jpg ImageLib_3_1309.jpg ImageLib_3_1310.jpg
Fokestone, Kent

Guy Hollaway Architects

Project Manager:

MNP have been appointed as structural engineers to work with Guy Hollaway Architects on designs for the “world’s first” purpose built multi-storey skate park. This will be a key element of the regeneration of Folkestone by local resident and the former owner of Saga, Sir Roger De Haan.

The skate park will have an irregular, free-form concrete frame. A giant bowl on the first floor leads to two additional levels with a wide variety of ramps, bowls, banks, ledges and rails. The building will offer an unrivalled skating experience and MNP engineers relish the opportunity to collaborate with architects at Guy Hollaway in producing efficient designs for this unique construction.

According to Stuart Pledge of MNP, “Solving an original problem like this is an engineer’s dream. This is an outstanding design that clearly demonstrates what can be achieved when architects and engineers collaborate.”

The complex structure comprises uniquely shaped columns and floor plates, curved soffits following ramp profiles along with tapering cantilever slab edges and mesh façades. A climbing wall will span three floors and a basement will be home to a local boxing club. A rooftop terrace will look over Folkestone and the English Channel.

MNP’s experience in 3D modelling of complex geometrical structures such as Cantelowes Skatepark in Camden helped them win this challenging engineering project.

In design.