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ADP wins planning for £27million Southend cultural hub proposals

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has approved plans by ADP for a £27 million library and learning facility in the town’s Elmer Square

The competition winning-project will will see the run-down Farringdon car park flattened and replaced with a combined public library, digital gallery, teaching facility for South Essex College and research centre for the University of Essex.

Jointly funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (£12.5million), the University of Essex (£10.4million) and South Essex College (£4million), the new four-storey building is due for completion in August 2013 and will spell the end for the existing Central Library in Victoria Avenue.

The scheme, which has been rebranded The Forum, will also provide a new home for the Focal Point Gallery as well as housing a new café and a lecture theatre.

Previous story (AJ 16.11.10)

ADP reveals Southend cultural hub proposals

ADP has revealed its proposed £26.9 million educational and cultural hub in Elmer Square, Southend, Essex

The competition winning-project will will see the run-down Farringdon car park flattened and replaced with a combined public library, digital gallery, teaching facility for South Essex College and research centre for the University of Essex.

Jointly funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (£12.5million), the University of Essex (£10.4million) and South Essex College (£4million), the new building could be in operation by late 2013 and will spell the end for the existing Central Library in Victoria Avenue.

Roger FitzGerald, the ADP partner behind the Elmer Square scheme, said: ‘The project will combine complementary uses for the Council, College and University, which will be an exemplar and a trend-setter for similar schemes. It is set to be a really important cultural landmark for Southend.’

Previous story (AJ 16.11.10)

ADP wins Southend jackpot

ADP has won the competition to design a £26.9 million educational and cultural hub in central Southend, Essex

The practice saw off finalists Dyer, Atkins and Ryder Architecture to land the Elmer Square Development project which will see the run-down Farringdon car park (pictured) flattened and replaced with a combined public library, digital gallery, teaching facility for South Essex College and research centre for the University of Essex.

Jointly funded by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (£12.5million), the University of Essex (£10.4million) and South Essex College (£4million), the new building could be in operation by late 2013 and will spell the end for the existing Central Library in Victoria Avenue.

The council’s executive councillor for culture, Derek Jarvis said: ‘By joining together to share resources in this positive and productive way, all partners will be able to achieve a great deal more for everyone in Southend for many years to come.

This project gives us a unique opportunity to develop a modern library which can respond flexibly to current and future trends – unlike our existing Central Library which is becoming less viable and urgently needs to be replaced. The old building offers no opportunities for expansion, has inefficient heating and little natural daylight – making it increasingly expensive to operate on a day to day basis.

‘With the joint input of our two other partners, we can give Southend a Central Public Library with exceptional scope to provide an educational and cultural hub to suit all needs, and to be truly proud of.

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