The Pantiles is a unique collection of buildings and public spaces of national importance for their history and architecture. In recent times the area has shown signs of decline. The Practice has developed a strategy to enhance the physical fabric of the area through appropriate and sensitive redevelopment, changes of use and improvements to the public realm, landscape and other spaces. An emphasis is placed on supporting existing shops and businesses and, wherever possible, the ambition is to introduce further high quality independent retail shops, with complementary retail markets and to support these ‘traditional uses’ with complementary leisure uses within the fields of entertainment.
To these ends the first phase planning permission to be secured was with the introduction of the Rosemary Shrager Cookery School, delicatessen and café together with covered market space integrated with the Corn Exchange. More recent planning and listed building consents have been secured for Studio One Pilates, Bella Vous Cosmetic Surgery and a Chiropractic Clinic.
Of particular significance was the recent approval of permissions for the change of use of a combination of The Corn Exchange and Day at the Wells building to form a new three screen bespoke Curzon Cinema with ancillary cafes and bars. Work on site is imminent and will provide a significant cultural and economic boost to The Pantiles and Tunbridge Wells.