Issue details

19/00060 - Turner Contemporary

Proposed decision:


That the Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services 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





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.




Decision type: Key

Decision status: For Determination

Division affected: Margate;

Notice of proposed decision first published: 22/07/2019

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: Not before 20th Aug 2019 by Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services
Reason: In order that the proposed decision can be publsihed for a minimum of 28 days in accordance with statutory requirements

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Community and Regulatory Services

Lead director: David Smith

Department: Growth, Environment & Transport

Contact: Jonathan White, Southborough Project Manager 03000 417198 Email: Tel: 01622 696904.


The proposed decision will be considered at the Growth, Economic Development and Communities Cabinet Committee on 28 November 2019.


Public consultation will be undertaken wherever it is part of the Arts Council England requirements.


Financial implications: Arts Council England (ACE) is investing £495k in the project towards build costs via grant funding. KCC contribution of £1.5m from the current Capital Programme.

Legal implications: KCC will need to enter into and or vary a number of legal agreements with Turner Contemporary, Arts Council England and a number of partners, in order to secure the project. KCC will need to enter into a number of contractual agreements to develop and deliver the site.

Equalities implications: No adverse impacts have been identified in the Equalities Impact Assessment and this will be kept under review as the project progresses.