Kent County Council (KCC) chose R Durtnell and Sons Limited – which has been trading continuously for 400 years – as the preferred contractor.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at the end of November 2008 to mark the start of the building work on site at the former Rendezvous car park on Margate’s seafront.
KCC has also been developing ideas for the adjoining Rendezvous site and considering a range of options with the aim of securing a new development partner in the future to bring additional regeneration to the town and the area as a whole.
KCC cabinet member for communities Mike Hill said: "Working with this team, which includes renowned architect David Chipperfield Architects, Thanet District Council, Arts Council England, South East and SEEDA, shows how important this development is to so many people, to regenerating Margate and providing a first class gallery in the South East."
R Durtnell and Sons has traditionally worked in London and the southern counties and operates from a head office in Brasted, near Sevenoaks in Kent and from a regional office in Farnborough, Hampshire. Customers have included private clients, public companies, local authorities, The National Trust, hospitals, churches, schools and universities.