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dRMM and McChesney shortlisted for Sevenoaks conference centre

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dRMM and Ian McChesney feature among five teams shortlisted for a community and conference centre in the Bat & Ball area of Sevenoaks, Kent

Theis and Khan Architects, Tim Ronalds Architects and Sweden’s White Arkitekter complete the shortlist for the RIBA-run competition.

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

Launched last month, the contest seeks proposals for a new building featuring a conference and community events hall and council offices.

The new facility will replace an existing 30-year-old building on Otford Road deemed no longer fit for purpose and too ‘costly to upkeep and maintain’.

The centre will be partially funded by Sevenoaks Town Council which is planning to sell off of council buildings as part of its commitment to ‘investing in the social capital for the future’ of the town.

Councillor Roderick Hogarth said:  ‘With 70 high quality and international expressions of interest to review, the panel had to work closely with our professional advisers to get the final list down to five.

‘It was an enjoyable process from which we all learned a lot and the finalists all offer the potential to deliver an excellent project.’

RIBA Adviser, Sarah Williams of S Williams Architects, added:  ‘We had an enormous number of very high quality submissions which made the judging and selection process extremely challenging.

‘I know that any number of the practices who submitted would have been able to design and deliver a fantastic new building for Sevenoaks.’

The five finalists will each receive a £4,000 honorarium to develop their design proposals ahead of a presentation to the judging panel in May.

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