Minimalist architect taken on by Kent County Council after previous £50m plans were scrapped
A new architect has been appointed to design Margate’s high profile Turner Contemporary art gallery after previous plans were scrapped.
The original £50m design by Snohetta and Spence was dropped by Kent County Council which has now placed a £15m limit on the building.
The original plans would have seen the gallery stretching out into the sea. Chipperfield’s proposal includes a hotel and a revamp and refit of the ageing Winter Gardens to include a concert hall and a conference facility.
Thanet District Council leader Sandy Ezekiel said: “To see this project moving forward so quickly is excellent news for the regeneration for Margate,”
KCC leader Paul Carter continued: “With the appointment of the architect on track we have shown we are totally committed to delivering this landmark building”
The programme aims to reach completion in 2009.