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Bournemouth opens £25m cultural quarter contest

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The Bournemouth Development Company (BDC) has launched a design competition for a new £25 million cultural quarter overlooking Poole Bay

The project will replace the resort town’s Bath Road North and Bath Road South car parks with a new 300-seat theatre, 600m² gallery, museum and a 90-bed hotel.

Public spaces, restaurants and a new 400-capacity car park will also be delivered on the prominent waterfront site next to Bournemouth’s Grade II-listed Pavilion Theatre and Lower Pleasure Gardens.

According to the brief: ‘The successful project will seek to enhance the operations and visitor experience at the Pavilion, draw more people along Westover Road and open up further views across Bournemouth’s most prized natural assets, its beaches and gardens.

‘Significant public realm investment is envisaged in the project, linking the new Cultural Quarter to the beaches, town centre and forthcoming Winter Gardens development via a new Grand Garden Walk.’

Launched in 2011, BDC is a 50:50 joint venture between Bournemouth Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments which aims to redevelop a number of key local authority-owned sites within the popular seafront town.

Projects completed so far include a 378-room student accommodation block on Madeira Road for Arts University Bournemouth by Hampshire-based Bright Space Architects.

Up to six shortlisted practices will be invited to take part in the design contest for the Cultural Quarter later this month.

The winning team – set to be announced in March – will prepare a planning application for submission in the autumn.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 12noon on 12 February.

How to apply

Visit the competition website for more information

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