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Deal ends Margate Turner Centre dispute

Kent County Council has reached a £6M out of court settlement with the design team for its abandoned Turner Contemporary Gallery project in Margate.

Architect Snohetta, cost consultant Davis Langdon and consultant Ramboll agreed to pay the council the £6M including interest and costs. The council scrapped the project in February 2006 after costs escalated from £17.6M to £48M. The three storey building was to be located in the sea, 8m from Margate harbour’s breakwater (NCE 15 January 2004).

After costs escalated the gallery was relocated inland and has been rebudgeted at £12M. Work began in November with R Durtnell and Sons as the preferred contractor.

The parties have reached settlement without any admissions as to liability.

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