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Article by Editorial | 29th June 2019

Ashford's New Cinema Up For An Award

Members of Ashford Borough Council have praised one of the town’s latest developments, Elwick Place cinema complex, which has been put forward for an architectural award.

The new 850-seat venue has already become something of a local landmark, and is a finalist in the Retail and Leisure Architect of the Year category at the Building Design Architect of the Year Awards 2019. The awards recognise the most creative, innovative and dynamic talent in the industry and is distinguished from other architectural awards by virtue of celebrating overall achievement within a particular sector.

As the council explained, the cinema complex is clad in a gold coloured, anodised aluminium mesh, shaped to wrap up the building from the first floor, and in sections to curve around the building’s facade.

Set around a new landscaped public square, Elwick Place aims to cultivate a sense of community and creates a clear landmark destination for Ashford town centre. Ashford Borough Council’s chief executive Tracey Kerly said: “We are proud of the landmark developments that are being recognised as positively changing Ashford’s image and landscape.

Change can be challenging but when it is done in a sympathetic way that also takes time to recognise our heritage, it can be truly uplifting. Elwick Place will become a symbol of the regeneration of Ashford.”

Image: © Ady Kerry / AK Pictures

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