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Architect sought for £12m Tunbridge Wells hub

Kent
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Kent County Council is recruiting an architect for its £12 million cultural and learning hub in Tunbridge Wells

Planned to complete in 2020 – the project will transform the town’s museum, library (pictured) and art gallery on Civic Way into a new landmark cultural venue.

Supported by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, the scheme will improve existing facilities on the site and deliver a new café, restaurant, council offices and tourist information centre.

Around 60,000 objects from the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery will be housed in the new hub alongside 10,000 items from the Borough Archives and 7,000 photographs, maps, plans contained in the local studies collection.

The Grade II-listed cluster of facilities currently includes a 1902 education centre designed by Henry Thomas Hare alongside a museum and library by Percy Thomas and Ernest Prestwich.

Bisset Adams has already completed a feasibility study and round one Heritage Lottery Fund application for the project which was approved in December.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the estimated £1.3 million contract and bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 29 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Selena Stray
The Kent County Council
County Hall
Maidstone
ME14 1XQ

Tel: +44 1622694687
Email: selena.stray@kent.gov.uk

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