Pugin Studios at The Granville Hotel

by Heritage Lab in Ramsgate, Kent, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th May 2023 we successfully raised £11,824 with 106 supporters in 167 days

Help us save Kent's heritage! We are currently working on a couple of projects in Kent, starting with Pugin Studios. Find out more below.

by Heritage Lab in Ramsgate, Kent, United Kingdom

 donated match funding
The Architectural Heritage Fund is providing live match funding

It's time to save Kent's heritage and we're doing it one step at a time! We're starting with 'Pugin Studios'.


The Vision for Pugin Studios

In recent decades, many of Thanet’s unique heritage assets and landmarks have fallen into disrepair and have been lost forever as community spaces. Ramsgate alone has lost dozens of iconic venues. Heritage Lab is bidding to change this and now needs YOUR help, to get its flagship project open for the public to enjoy next year.

Heritage Lab has launched a crowd funding appeal to raise a minimum £25,000 to bring the Granville back to life as a thriving community and arts hub. Thanks to a generous grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund, for every £1 given by the public, the Architectural Heritage Fund will match it, pound for pound up to a total of £25,000, helping us to hit our £50,000 target!

Heritage Lab’s project- 'Pugin Studios' - is inspired by Edward Welby Pugin, the famous Ramsgate architect who designed & built the Granville Hotel in 1867.

Our vision is that the Granville Bars will once again be a thriving community space with a  restored former ballroom, theatre and bar for uses such as hospitality, exhibitions, performances, interpretation space, community events and conferences. The lower ground floor will see artist studios and co-working spaces. Read about it here. 

Heritage Lab CIC have already secured a £300,000 grant from the UK’s Government's Community Ownership Fund and a further £77,300 from The Architectural Heritage Fund towards buying the lease of the building. 

We now need your support towards phase 1 of the project to bring the ballroom & bars area back into community use and open a creative hub for local artists. 



Why Now:

We are crowdfunding as we have received a Match funding challenge grant of £25,000 from the Architectural Heritage Fund. Our Crowdfunder target is to raise £50,000. 

For every £1 you pledge, the Architectural Heritage Fund will match it, pound for pound. If we raise £25,000, AHF will match it with £25,000, meaning £50,000 could be raised!


Three ways to get involved:

1. Pledge money in return for a variety of rewards. You will see them on this page and they're our way of saying thank you for your support.

2. Spread the word. We need to reach as many people as possible and tell them about this fantastic community project so share the page on your social media pages.

3. Can you help with rewards? If you are a local business, or know someone with one, get in touch and play a part in what we're doing with rewards. This is a community effort and we would love as many people in Ramsgate to get involved. 


We have a number of rewards up for grabs in this crowdfunding campaign from limited edition prints to VIP access, naming rights, limited edition postcards and more. 

Make sure to stay tuned with our crowdfunding for more rewards and exciting updates.

Where is the money we raise going:

This funding is for phase 1 of the project and will go towards buying the lease and the building words to get parts of the space open for the community.

On completion this project could provide support for up to 75 and 100 jobs and apprenticeships and provide a low cost and, where possible, zero cost venue for dozens of local community groups.

1669738318_screenshot_2022-11-29_at_16.11.51.pngThank you from us:

With your support, we can help save this historic Ramsgate landmark and part of the town’s history by bringing the space back into community use for current and future generations to enjoy. Please consider making a pledge and playing an active role in saving this historical Ramsgate landmark!

We appreciate any support you can give to restore The Granville Hotel to its former glory for the future of Ramsgate.


Supporting regeneration in Ramsgate

We are really excited about this project and have plans to secure the remaining funding to purchase the lease and get the site open for summer 2023. In the unlikely event that circumstance beyond our control means that the project gets delayed or can't go ahead the funds will be protected and used to support another community regeneration project in Ramsgate.

Do you have a question or want to get involved?

Email us: [email protected] or become a member here.

Reward examples - what could you receive from us?

Just so you know, more rewards will be added throughout the duration of the crowdfunding campaign so make sure to stay up to date and get involved. 





This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

Project Fan

With this donation you're an official fan of the project and we'll provided you with a e-certificate to prove it.

£7 or more

Early access to any future spaces

We will had your name to a list and when we open up our new spaces you'll have fist dips.

£12 or more

4 of 1000 claimed

Pack of 10 postcards

Within this pack of 10 postcards you'll have five images and five illustrations of the Granville Hotel.

£25 or more

2 of 4 claimed

Camden Town Brewery Tour

This isn't related to The Granville, but we have been lucky enough to be gifted four Camden Town Brewery Tours. Grab yours before it's too late.

£25 or more

Official supporter

Have your name put on the line hall of fame as an official supporter.

£29 or more

1 of 100 claimed

Limited Edition Granville 2023 Calendar

Limited Edition Granville 2023 calendar with images and illustrations of the Granville.

£35 or more

14 of 100 claimed

Molly Pickle Limited Edition Print (A3)

Local artist and illustrator Molly Pickle has designed a Limited Edition Print inspired by The Granville Hotel. This A3 print comes signed, unframed, and as a limited edition of 100.

£35 or more

28 of 100 claimed

Launch party reception

When we complete on the purchase, join our launch party and be invited to reception in the Bar.

£75 or more

4 of 50 claimed

Molly Pickle Limited Edition Print (A2)

Local artist and illustrator Molly Pickle has designed a Limited Edition Print inspired by The Granville Hotel. This A2 print comes signed, unframed, and as a limited edition of 50.

£75 or more

1 of 50 claimed

Guided small group tour

Join a guided small group tour of the historic chambers and banqueting suite within The Granville Hotel after completion. Find out about the history of this exciting Ramsgate landmark.

£200 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Incredible selection of vinyl LPs and 12"

Ramsgate based record label, Ramrock Records are offering a selection of vinyl LPs and 12" carefully curated by label boss Jo Wallace, worth up to £200! Grab your reward here!

£229 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Founding member

Why not be a founding member and have your name on the hall of fame in the Granville hotel and online.

£349 or more

0 of 20 claimed

Inaugural banquet VIP

Join our Inaugural banquet as a VIP once the site reopens.

£750 or more

0 of 15 claimed

Patron, History book and Guided Tour

Become a Patron with a prominent part on the hall of fame wall, with a history book and guided tour

£999 or more

0 of 5 claimed

3 Year Naming rights for studio room

Have 3 years naming rights for a studio room in the new venue.

£5,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

5 year Naming rights for Bar Ballroom

Have 5 Year Naming rights for Bar Ballroom within our new venue

£25,000 or more

0 of 1 claimed

5 year Naming rights for the whole venue

Have 5 Year Naming rights for the whole venue (This reward would mean we'd immediately meet our match and you'd be bringing The Granville Bars to life for the community - so thank you!)

£25 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Ramsgate Music Hall Ticket Voucher

Get tickets to the Ramsgate Music Hall by using this voucher. Enjoy a great night out with a friend or loved one and help support our campaign.

£38 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Southeastern train tickets (anytime day return)

Southeastern trains have kindly donated some tickets to the crowdfunding campaign as a reward, so why not purchase tickets via the crowdfunder and enjoy a day out by train in Kent, London or East Sussex with family or friends. Southeastern are offering four anytime day return tickets for travel across their network! Travel as well as supporting our crowdfunding appeal!

£100 or more

3 of 3 claimed

3 one to one coaching sessions

Are you looking for some creative mentoring, career or self development? Why not support the crowdfunding campaign by purchasing this reward. Have 3 sessions with Coach and Mentor Sarah Fox for only £100. Sarah Fox coaches and mentors freelancers and leaders working in the creative industries across the world.

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Two night stay in beautiful detached cottage

Support the crowdfunding campaign with a weekend away in a beautiful 1 bedroom detached holiday cottage in Ramsgate, Kent - for £250! This price covers two people for two nights. *Availability and T&C's apply

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