Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery - Designing the Hub

Designing the Hub

Tunbridge Wells Cultural and Learning Hub

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As part of the second round application to Heritage Lottery Fund, the Architects and Interpretation Designers produced the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) stage 3 design schemes.

These designs were submitted for planning permission, with the Planning Committee meeting in January 2018 and granting both planning permission and listed building consent.

More information about the Royal British Institute of Architects, can be found here.

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Key developments to the site will include:

  • Provision of Pottery and Silver-smithing facilities into the main C&LH building
  • Removal of two huts at back of site
  • Removal of curved wall on ground floor to extend out
  • Double story glass atrium offering window into the building between Museum & Library building and Adult Education building
  • Double story extension at back of site for temporary exhibition space and local studies and archive
  • Courtyard garden

The design team

Purcell, an award-winning firm of architects and historic building consultants, were announced as lead architects for the project following a competitive process. Purcell has 13 offices around the UK and has extensive experience in the heritage and cultural field, including the £36.5m Sammy Ofer wing of the National Maritime Museum.

Metaphor have been appointed as Interpretation Designers to work with Purcell and bring the proposed new hub to life - ensuring that the building tells the ‘stories’ of Tunbridge Wells, and has the right flow, look and feel.

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The logos for the organisations involved in creating the Cultural and Learning hub