Opposition to demolition of ex-garage and carpet warehouse in Scarborough that was designed by Futurist architect Frank Tugwell

Plans to demolish a derelict warehouse in Scarborough town centre are being opposed as the building was designed by the same architect behind the town’s lost Futurist Theatre.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 11:25 am
Updated Monday, 26th October 2020, 12:13 pm

Lloyd Kelly has applied to Scarborough Council to knock down the former Scarborough Carpets building and warehouse in Albemarle Crescent.

Despite its appearance, the building has a storied history as it was designed by renowned architect Frank Tugwell in 1926.

Tugwell was also responsible for the interiors of the Savoy Theatre in London and the Theatre Royal in York.

It was designed by renowned architect Frank Tugwell in 1926.

Locally, he is famous as the man who designed the Futurist Theatre on Scarborough’s seafront, which was controversially demolished by Scarborough Council in 2018, and also Scarborough's Royal Opera House, in St Thomas Street.

Members of the public have come forward to oppose Mr Kelly’s plan to demolish the building, which he says will then be followed next year by an application to use the land for residential and commercial premises.

Mr Kelly’s application states that the building is in such a state of disrepair that “local residents are amazed the local authority has not started enforcement action to have the building removed”.

Mr Kelly has owned the building, which sits within the town’s Conservation Area, for the last five months.

The site is now an eyesore, having stood derelict for many years.

Before it fell into decline, the site was home to a number of Scarborough businesses.

From 1956 the building was Boothby’s garage before the company moved to Falconer’s Road in 1970.

Barry Boothby’s late father Tom moved to Albemarle Crescent after running Westwood Garage. Previously, the site was a garage for HA Whittaker.

In a letter to the council, Scarborough resident Tony Freeman urges the council not to allow the demolition.

The building in Albemarle Crescent was formerly home to Scarborough Carpets, and before that Boothby's Garage.

He writes: “Tugwell is a local and eminent architect who designed many buildings across Scarborough, as well as a number of country houses, cinemas and theatres across the country.

“It is important for the heritage of the town that the facade of this former garage building is retained.

“We have already lost the Futurist Theatre, also designed by Tugwell, and it is important that we do not lose another one of his buildings.”

Another resident, Stella Ward, adds: “The architectural merit of the pillars and upper areas of this building is of historic value to the town of Scarborough, having been designed by a local architect.

“Full demolition would cause these beautiful stones to be lost to the residents. At the very least the developers/demolishers should be required to save these elements for use in the facade of a future building on this or another appropriate site within the town of Scarborough.”

Scarborough Council had previously granted planning permission for the building to be demolished and replaced with 24 flats in 2010 but the scheme did not end up progressing.

The plans are now out to public consultation.