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Hunt begins for North Sevenoaks masterplanner

Sevenoaks, Kent
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Sevenoaks Town Council is seeking an architect to re-masterplan its northern district

The chosen team will draw up a broad vision for the area surrounding Theis + Khan’s competition-winning Bat & Ball community centre scheme (pictured).

Covering the next 20 to 30 years, the study will feature a range of specific objectives aimed to boost residential and commercial growth in the neighbourhood.

According to the brief: ‘The key aim of the masterplan will be to support and guide development in Northern Sevenoaks, to capitalise on the investment the town council is making in the redevelopment of core sites, and to identify areas for future residential, employment, mixed use development, or infrastructure to ensure sustainable growth of the town.’

Founded as a market town in the 13th century, Sevenoaks is today popular with commuters working in London around 40 kilometres away.

The settlement’s northern district – which has been earmarked for new housing development – hosts around a quarter of its total residential population and is characterised by a large number of twentieth century buildings.

Theis and Khan defeated Tim Ronalds Architects, White Arkitekter, dRMM and Ian McChesney in an RIBA contest for a new community centre in the centre of the neighbourhood last year.

The project will replace a run-down, 30-year-old building in Otford Road with a new 250-seat events space, kitchen, nursery, WCs, staff room and council offices.

Other landmarks include the disused Grade II-listed Bat & Ball train station next door which is also being converted by Theis + Khan into hireable halls and a café.

Tim Ronalds Architects’ also completed a new performing arts centre for Sevenoaks School six years ago.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 16 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Hugh D’Alton
Town Council Offices
Bradbourne Vale Road
TN13 3QG

Tel: 01732 459 953
Email: atc@sevenoakstown.gov.uk 

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