The Printworks, Margate

Liddicoat & Goldhill, Margate, 2018


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The Printworks is a self-initiated project by us (Liddicoat & Goldhill): to create a community around our architectural practice in our new home of Margate.

Leaving behind the premium costs of London real estate has allowed us the space we need for our growing practice. A vacant doctors surgery and former Victorian printing press on the edge of Margate’s Old Town and a stone's throw from Tracey Emin's new studio has been renovated, and is now a creative hub, housing a café, yoga studio, project space and seven further individual studio spaces for creative businesses. Residents include architects, designers, filmmakers, stylists and musicians.

The original building dates from 1870, commissioned by former Mayor of Margate Thomas Hartman Keble, as the printing works for his paper, the Isle of Thanet Gazette. We have engaged a light touch in our adaptations, where additions have been made – the metal stairway to a new roof terrace, and metal grill gates – the industrial feel has been retained.

Opportunities for collaboration and cross-fertilisation abound. Through the proliferation of practices, and its many members, The Printworks is forging links with bodies local and national. Much casual contact happens every day of course, through interaction in the communal spaces: the bike-store, the kitchen and the hallways. The public-facing aspects of The Printworks bring in visitors: yoga classes are held at Union in a cool-dark sanctuary, – Storeroom the cafe, run by local speciality coffee roastery Curve, has both clean-white high-ceilinged interior space and a sun-trap terrace, which are frequent hang-outs for local freelancers.

More formalised relationships are being forged with institutions and events. We have retained a studio at ground floor as a Project Space, hosting a curated programme of exhibitions and events.


  • Begun: Nov 2017
  • Completed: Jan 2018
  • Floor area: 400m2
  • Sector: Office
  • Total cost: £80,000
  • Funding: Private funding and loCASE EU grant
  • Tender date: Jan 2017
  • Procurement: Traditional / JCT minor Works
  • Address: The Printworks, 1A-1D Union Row, Margate, CT9 1PP, United Kingdom

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