£7M ‘PHASE 2’ PLANNED

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - What's On - - ART -

The Mar­gate gallery could be set for a £7 mil­lion ex­ten­sion un­der plans be­ing con­sid­ered.

The scheme for what has been dubbed “Turner Con­tem­po­rary Phase 2” is aimed at bring­ing the build­ing, which opened in 2011, “up to a stan­dard where it will be able to main­tain its po­si­tion as a lead­ing na­tional gallery and cat­a­lyst for re­gen­er­a­tion.”

No spe­cific pro­pos­als have been put for­ward but op­tions be­ing con­sid­ered in­clude a stand­alone ex­ten­sion on the ex­ist­ing site or en­larg­ing the gallery. At the same time, the cen­tre will be re­fur­bished.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port by Kent County Coun­cil (KCC), the arts cen­tre has out­grown its ex­ist­ing build­ings and an ex­pan­sion would en­able it to build on its suc­cess.

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