Kent County Council has launched an international competition to find an architect to design a new £7million visual arts centre on the Margate seafront to display the works of artist JMW Tu r n e r .
The council, along with Thanet District Council, is seeking a new building on a 'spectacular' site close to where Turner lived. The artist went to school in the old town area of Margate and between 1806-09 made sketches of the town and Thames Estuary. The project backers want 'a building of real quality that will be an attraction in itself ' and a 'landmark' visible across the bay.
The 2,100m 2building will feature 700m 2of galleries, including space for contemporary art, and revenue generators such as a 150m 2lecture theatre, retail and restaurant. The £7million budget does not, however, include external works, fittings, furniture, fees or VAT .
The Turner Centre competition, organised by Kent Architecture Centre, is two stage - first a general call for applications, then in April a selection of five or six architects and their design teams will go forward in limited competition. Each of these teams will be granted an honorarium of £10,000.
Judges will include Paul Koralek, Professor Peter Carolin, Sandy Nairne of the Tate Gallery and Kent artist Ralph Steadman.
The competition winner will be announced this winter. For more information e-mail Ruth Gage on firstname.lastname@example.org