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Theis and Khan wins Sevenoaks civic centre contest

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Theis and Khan has won the RIBA-organised contest to design a new community and conference centre next to the Bat & Ball railway station in Sevenoaks, Kent

The practice, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2010, saw off Tim Ronalds Architects, White Arkitekter, dRMM and Ian McChesney to win the job.

More than 70 practices entered the competition back by Sevenoaks Town Council for a new facility to replace a run-down, 30-year-old building in Otford Road.

Teams were asked to draw up plans for a building providing a 250-seat events space, kitchen area, nursery facility, WCs and staff room plus new council offices on the first floor.

The victorious scheme features ‘a Kentish garden at its heart’ with the buildings wrapped around it ‘to create a community feel’.

The judges praised the design for the way it welcomed visitors from the station and the how it addressed the movement of people through the building.

Commenting on the winning design, the RIBA Adviser, Sarah Williams, S Williams Architects said: ’[The design] responded beautifully to the brief whilst fulfilling the aspirations and vision for Bat & Ball.’

Theis and Khan will now work with the town council in developing the design.

The winner of the AJ’s online poll was the proposal by Tim Ronalds Architects (Team B) which scooped 45 per cent of the vote.

The full shortlist

  • de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects (dRMM ), London
  • Ian McChesney, London
  • Theis and Khan Architects, Kent
  • Tim Ronalds Architects, London
  • White Arkitekter AB, Sweden


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  • Good decision and congratulations to Sevenoaks Town Council for how it has gone about selecting an architect.

    Roger FitzGerald RIBA

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