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Mace wins £90m theatre job in Tunbridge Wells

Mace has won the contract to build a £90m theatre and civic centre in Tunbridge Wells.

The 1,200-seat theatre will replace the existing 985-seat Assembly Hall on Crescent Road in the Kent town.

The project, titled Calverley Grounds, will also feature a new civic space, 22,000 sq ft of council and commercial offices, and an underground car park.

Construction is due to start in September 2019, with the theatre set to open in early 2022.

Council leader David Jukes said: “Mace came out on top throughout the procurement process which placed an emphasis on quality as well as price.”

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council will borrow £77m to pay for the project.

There has been local opposition to the scheme over the cost to the town, according to local news outlet Kent Live.

Tunbridge Wells theatre Calverley Square Mace 1

Tunbridge Wells theatre Calverley Square Mace 1

Mace director for public sector construction Terry Spraggett said: “We are particularly conscious of the sensitive setting and the need to deliver this project with minimum disruption to neighbours.”

Yesterday Mace announced a shake-up of its construction business, which included the appointment of former Carillion chief operating officer Andy Jones to head up its major projects arm.

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