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£6 million out of court settlement for Snøhetta's failed Margate centre

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A Snøhetta-led design team has agreed to pay a £6 million out of court settlement to Kent County Council (KCC) over the doomed Turner Contemporary art centre in Margate

The project, which was abandoned in February 2006, suffered from spiralling costs leading to the council issuing legal proceedings in 2008 to recover £5.8 million in ‘wasted’ design costs.

KCC blamed Snøhetta for the spiralling budget on the seafront project, up from £7,399,000 – as stated on its 2001 competition-winning entry – to at least £25 million by the time the plug was pulled in February 2006.

Now the design team, led by this year’s Mies van der Rohe Prize-winning architects and including Davis Langdon and Ramboll UK, have reached a settlement with the council ‘without any admissions as to liability’.

Following the demise of the scheme, a second architectural competition was launched to design a new look gallery – a contest won by David Chipperfield.

The £17.5 million scheme started on site in November last year.

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