Decision details

19/00060 - Turner Contemporary

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes





The project is a combination of reconfiguration and refurbishment of the Turner Contemporary (TC) and the Rendezvous site. The aim of the project is to make the TC more financially sustainable by reducing  running costs and improving the potential for increasing revenue income and making the TC building function more efficiently to service the high levels of visitors it currently attracts.


The scope of the project will be to consider how best to maximise income generation through the inclusion of car parking income, retail and catering offer, while preserving the current standards of the facility.


The Gallery has far exceeded its predicted visitor numbers and this has had a tangible effect on regeneration which has encouraged people to relocate to Margate and enabled new businesses to become established in the surrounding areas. This project now seeks to secure this position that will allow the Turner Contemporary to become more financially self sufficient.






As Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Service, I agree to:


(a)  Enter into and or vary significant legal agreements including, but not limited to, a Memorandum of Understanding and Collaboration Agreement with Turner Contemporary, RNLI, Yacht Club, Arts Council England and any other stakeholders as required


(b)  Authorise the Director of Infrastructure to enter into all necessary legal agreements for the delivery and the construction of the project


(c)  Permit the project subject to KCC’s VAT partial liability exemption position not being breached or in breach


Publication date: 05/12/2019

Date of decision: 05/12/2019

Effective from: 13/12/2019

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