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Sheppard Robson scoops Basil Spence town hall refit

Sheppard Robson’s interior design outfit ID:SR has landed the £14.5 million project to overhaul the interior of the Basil Spence-designed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall

The scheme will be the first major fit out of the building, considered the last major work by Spence, since it opened 34 years ago.

Describing the project, the council’s chief executive Derek Myers said: ‘The work will include the design of new office layouts and the refurbishment of mechanical and electrical services.’  

‘[The design] will draw inspiration from the architecture and reflect this in both the interior look and feel, from initial arrival at the building through to the variety of spaces being created for the teams to best fulfil their varied daily activities.’

Spence died 10 days before the building, which was originally known as the Civic Centre, completed in 1976.

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Architects sought for refit of Basil Spence town hall

The Basil Spence-designed Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall is to undergo the first major fit out since its completion in 1976.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is seeking architects to work on extensive refit of the offices, situated just north of Kensington High Street, London.

Keith Harper, programme manager for the development told the AJ: ‘We are refurbishing the whole M&E system and as a part of that we will completely refit the office’.The contract value is expected to be £14.5 million excluding fees.
It is the first major fit out of the building since it was opened 33 years ago.
Described by Nikolaus Pevsner as a ‘great red whale of a building’ the town hall - or Civic Centre as it was originally named - was designed in 1965 by Basil Spence and completed in 1976 by the John S Bonnington Partnership. It is often considered the last major work by Spence, who died 10 days before its completion.
No major works will be done to the building’s exterior.
See here for tender details (OJEU reference 2009/S 40-058544)

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