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Space Craft flies into Margate - image

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Kent County Council (KCC) has unveiled the winner of a key architectural competition in Margate, just weeks after the authority pulled the plug on the town's controversial Turner Contemporary project.

London-based practice Space Craft Architects has landed the task of overhauling and refurbishing Margate Library after been chosen by KCC and Thanet District Council.

The firm will mastermind the £300,000 transformation of the 1960s library complex into a flexible one-stop shop 'appropriate for the 21st century'.

The scheme includes the construction of a new entrance to the building, part of which houses the town's courthouse.

Project architect Sophie Ungerer said: 'It's quite a bland building at the moment and it is a case of creating an architectural identity - externally and internally.'

It is hoped the new library will open its doors to the public next year.

by Richard Waite

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