Willmott Dixon Interiors has won the £13m contract to convert the Grade II listed former library and museum in Tunbridge Wells into the new Amelia Scott building
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (TWBC) appointed Willmott Dixon Interiors to create its new cultural and learning centre, the Amelia Scott building.
Cultural hub in Tunbridge Wells
TWBC is working collectively with Kent County Council to integrate a museum, art gallery, library, registrations, archives, adult education, tourist information and the council’s Customer Service team into one place.
The Amelia Scott building is named after the town’s famous suffragist and social reformer.
Councillor Jane March, culture, leisure and economic development portfolio holder for TWBC and councillor Mike Hill, cabinet member for community and regulatory services for Kent County Council, said: “The board is delighted that we have reached a very exciting point in the plans for the new Amelia Scott building.
“A lot of behind the scenes work has been taking place, and now we have the construction contract signed work can get underway.”
Funding for the Amelia Scott building
The project to create the Amelia Scott building has been awarded funding by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council England, with the redesigned space opening for residents and visitors to the borough to enjoy from 2022. Willmott Dixon Interiors was procured via the Southern Construction Framework.
Graham Shaw, managing director of Willmott Dixon Interiors, said: “We are looking forward to be working with Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.
“It’s an exciting project that celebrates the legacy and history of Tunbridge Wells and we’ll be utilising our skills as a UK specialist for refurbishing heritage buildings to ensure we create a modern space; one that brings the community together.”
Last month, Willmott Dixon Interiors was chosen to deliver a £39m refurbishment at London South Bank University’s (LSBU) London Road Building.