Dreamland Margate, Kent

Dreamland Margate is an amusement park located in Margate, Kent. The site of the park was first used for amusement rides in 1880. The site is partly occupied by a historic roller-coaster ride, ‘The Scenic Railway’, built in 1919: it is the only listed (Grade II) structure of its type in the UK.

In the early 2000s, the park began to enter into decline and was in a state of disrepair when CampbellReith was requested to design a geotechnical and geo-environmental ground investigation for it.

The purpose of the investigation was to facilitate the redevelopment of the site into a seaside fun fair.

CampbellReith undertook a comprehensive desk study and site walkover to identify potential constraints to development and to ensure appropriate design of the ground investigation works.

The design of the investigation was particularly interesting as it had to consider the following:

  • The refurbishment of a historic scenic railway to enable its active use again
  • The unusual ground loadings associated with the proposed fun fair rides
  • The possible impact of the development on a culverted brook that crosses the site
  • The provision of soakaway drainage
  • The anticipated presence of Made Ground and/or Alluvial Soils to considerable depth
  • The potential for dissolution and tunnels in the chalk
  • The potential for the presence of UXOs

Services: Structural, Civil, Environmental, Geotechnical

Sectors: Sports & Leisure