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Tunbridge Wells Borough Council - The Amelia Scott Building

The regeneration of two Grade II listed buildings in Tunbridge Wells into a cultural and learning hub. Procured via Southern Construction Framework

Project Stats

70 weeks
41,774 sq ft

Project Story

Named after the famous local suffragist, The Amelia Scott is the result of a 70-week project to transform two Grade II listed buildings in Tunbridge Wells into a new two-storey community hub with a basement.

The 41,774 sq ft facility on Monson Road features a barrel-vaulted atrium which joins seven different floors of the former Adult Education Centre with the former library in Civic Way, to create a single integrated building.

The Amelia Scott houses several public services and attractions including a museum, art gallery, library, archives, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Gateway, Kent County Council’s register office, the Tourist Information Centre and Kent Adult Education centre.

It showcases rare paintings and artefacts, including a Gainsborough, as well as 10,000 books and 60,000 historical objects, twice as many that could be displayed in its forerunner. There is also a new ground floor pottery studio, as well as textile and silversmithing facilities and a digital suite for the creation of short films, videos and other digital art.

The flagship regeneration project was first conceived around nine years ago and has been jointly funded between Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) and Kent County Council, with the backing of The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England.

Works included the demolition and removal of existing adult education outbuildings and the partial demolition of the existing library, which were carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Procured via the Southern Construction Framework
Project Outcomes
  • Delivery of complex heritage Grade II listed building
  • Updated to meet modern standards
  • Fitted rainwater harvest tank which provides attenuation against flooding in the town
  • Work carried out during covid-19 social distancing measures

Project Team

Chris Linfoot × Operations Director
Consultant team
Architect: Purcell
Project Manager: Spider Project Management
Cost Consultant: Betteridge & Milsom Limited
Services Engineer: Integration

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