I wasn’t at the Council meeting but Rebecca, the editor of the Gazette filled me in on the result of the “Turner Enquiry.”
The project has been “kicked into touch” I understand. With a projected cost of £50 million, KCC aren’t going to risk the consequences of what looks to have been a very expensive and poor decision. As a result, the Turner Contemporary will be relocated on to land, the Rendezvous site most probably, as a hotel come arts centre.The plans will change I'm sure. I’ll have more details available as they come through but would appreciate any further information on the subject. The KentOnline report is here.
The official KCC statement is now online.
"The Leader of the County Council, Paul Carter, said: "The original design for Turner Contemporary was bold and exciting, but a figure of nearly £50 million for the gallery alone - with no guarantee that the cost would not climb further - cannot be borne in part by a local authority acting as protector of the public purse."
Ed: I wonder what happens to the conference described below?
"The ground-breaking construction process behind Turner Contemporary will be at the heart of a major education conference being held in Kent.
The conference, entitled: Building Futures, will enable teachers and education professionals to explore how and why Turner Contemporary will be built. It will be held at The International Study Centre, Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 23 February.
Building Futures will focus on the shipbuilding skills and state-of-the-art marine engineering techniques, which will see the main structure of Turner Contemporary floated to the site by barge. Once in position the steel superstructure will then be attached to a series of pilings sunk into the seabed alongside the Pier at Margate.
Mike Hill Cabinet Member for Community Services at Kent County Council, which is supporting the Conference, said: "The construction process and the completed building have the potential to inspire students across the county, whether they are interested in art and design, engineering or architecture.
"Awakening our young people to education and career opportunities by introducing them to such a significant building on their doorstep is an important aspect of the work of Turner Contemporary."
Karen Eslea, Audience Development Officer at Turner Contemporary "We want as many people as possible to get involved and we are working hard to ensure that teachers and young people in Kent are inspired by this fascinating and unique construction process."
All delegates at the conference, which costs £60 including lunch (£42 for students - limited places), will receive a full colour resource pack full of ideas and information relevant to the National Curriculum about how to explore Turner Contemporary's construction process.
Schools will also have an opportunity to explore how and why Turner Contemporary will be built through a free exhibition at Droit House, Visitor Centre for Turner Contemporary, which runs from Thursday 26 January to Sunday 30 April 2006."