• Improving the skills
    of young people.

  • Providing the multi-use
    venue Ramsgate needs.

  • Saving a Vital Part of
    Ramsgate's West Cliff.

  • Producing Youth
    Projects in Thanet.


youth arts project

What is Project Motorhouse?

Project MotorHouse is a transformative project designed to give Ramsgate facilities which it currently lacks. It will tackle one of the derelict buildings on Ramsgate’s seafront and turn it into the kind of sophisticated offering which Thanet District Council’s Destination Management Plan identifies as a key component for economic regeneration. When completed the building will house two state of the art digital cinemas, a restaurant, a cafe and bar plus a super cool outdoor theatre/cinema unique in East Kent. Rents from the anchor tenants will allow Project MotorHouse to continue its fantastic youth and community work.


Doing nothing is not an option, we need to act. The frame of the building is endangering the road, the West Cliff Promenade and the Viking Coastal Trail.


Project Motorhouse will turn a community liability into a community asset for all ages and we have already partnered with The Royal Harbour Academy to improve outcomes for our young people.


We believe it is important to be a part of East Kent's burgeoning green economy. Sustainable technology is the future and we want The MotorHouse to serve our town for another 100 years.


What's Happening at The MotorHouse

Latest News

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Harbouring Hopes for Ramsgate


Project MotorHouse present an exhibition titled “Harbouring Hopes for Ramsgate” featuring work by students at Royal Harbour Academy and Chatham & Clarendon Grammar.

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The SEAS Story

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Projection SEAS, our Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots project, with students from the Royal Harbour Academy and the South East Archive of Seaside Photography has been a huge success.

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Brenda at the Beeb


Our friend and treasured trustee, Brenda Blethyn recently appeared on BBC South East on a featurette about Project MotorHouse. Watch her passionate and insightful exclusive here.

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Find out how we plan to improve the quality of life in Ramsgate.


Find out about the past, present and future of the site.


Much of what Project MotorHouse does happens behind the scenes. Find out where the project has got to.


Meet our skilled and committed Board of Trustees.


Meet the two staff who run our office.


Project MotorHouse is proud to announce that award winning architect Guy Hollaway has been appointed to design The MotorHouse.

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    A childhood treat…

    ”I grew up in Ramsgate and one of the treats of my childhood was to go to the West Cliff Hall to see the variety acts there. There were dances too. My Mum used to work in the ladies cloakroom so I would get a little sneaky peak into the side of the stage and it was just a wonderful place to go. ”

    BRENDA BLETHYN, Multiple Award Winner

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    Those amazing people…

    ”I think it is really important that we provide avenues for young people to learn more about the world. I think sometimes for young people it’s hard to actually get experience of the world to actually begin to understand what is expected of them and to understand what the possibilities are and what can be achieved.”

    PETER CAPALDI, Academy Award Winner

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    Historic England…

    “The public benefits in this case appear to me to be considerable, not only because of the range of new entertainment and leisure facilities that would be provided, but also as a result of bringing active use and vitality back to this neglected part of the conservation area.”

    Tom Foxall, Historic England