the WORKSHOP : our history
Tontine Street

About the building...

The Workshop is Folkestone's radical new business hub and a growing, ever-changing home of exciting businesses and the propagator of fledgling talent.

Located in the old part of the town, just metres away from the English Channel, The Workshop's home on Tontine Street has a rich history of commerce and creativity and is at the heart of Folkestone's Creative Quarter.

Once the most prosperous street in Folkestone, Tontine Street was created over 150 years ago thanks to a £50,000 fund raised by gamblers, who were offered Parliamentary votes and an annual income on their investments as well as the chance of a fortune.

Each received a yearly return, which grew larger as members of the group died – leaving just one shareholder who eventually got the lot.

This type of scheme, called a Tontine, was created by Lorenzo Tonti, a Neapolitan banker, in 1650 and is the origin behind the street's distinctive name.

The Workshop building has over the years housed a diverse range of businesses from a thriving butcher to a popular nightclub, but today the five-story space plays host to a buzzing pool of talent.

A hive of activity and creativity with a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to growth - The Workshop really has only just begun. It offers the latest in office design and technology whilst providing flexible work space and meeting rooms in an area surrounded by art galleries, restaurants, theatres, and of course, the beach.

Folkestone's new digital hub - offering state of the art office facilities.
The Workshop Folkestone
A key element of The Workshop is The Factory Floor – an incubator for new and emerging businesses, providing on-hand expertise and advice to help new empires thrive and grow. The Factory Floor provides an array of businesses services to ensure success.

With useful innovations like The Beach Wifi Project - a free wifi hotspot offering 50 MB/S internet access covering a radius of 1000 metres with the Workshop at its epicentre - you can work from the building or on the beach.

The Workshop's ethos pushes boundaries, building an organic business community in a forward-thinking atmosphere where everything and anything is possible.

The build in pictures...