Location: Dreamland, Margate
In its hey-day Dreamland was one of the UK’s best loved amusement parks and was amongst the top ten visitor attractions in the country. Dreamland reopened in 2015 as a heritage theme park with the fully restored Scenic Railway as its centrepiece.
The Scenic Railway is one of the oldest timber framed rollercoasters in the world and is one of only 8 such rides left in the world. Although a large part was destroyed by fire in 2008, we are very proud to have played a part in helping this grade 2 listed landmark be restored to its former glory.
The whole project was Heritage lottery funded and had to be rebuilt using the same materials and styles as the original, and of course taking into account modern safety and design standards.
Ultimately, the rollercoaster had to look and run like the original – a complete timber structure solution.
Working for contractor Topbond, with whom we have a long association, we prepared the drawings for the structural framework for the ride. The level of detail required for each element was huge, but the result was completely outstanding: a heritage project we are very proud to have been involved with as part of the regeneration of the Margate seafront.