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Lead contractor appointed for Calverley Square project

by Charlie Bond

Lead contractor appointed for Calverley Square project

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has appointed Mace as lead contractor for its Calverley Square project; the development of new office building, theatre, underground car park and public square in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells.

Council Leader David Jukes said: "I am really delighted that Mace has been chosen as our lead contractor. They came out on top throughout the procurement process which placed an emphasis on quality as well as price. I have great confidence that Mace will complete this project on time, on budget, as they have done before with other capital projects."

Terry Spraggett, Mace’s Director for Public Sector Construction, said: "It’s an honour to be chosen to deliver such an important project for Tunbridge Wells Borough Council – one that will provide a first-rate new theatre and public square for the people of the borough, as well as much-needed new commercial office space and parking. I look forward to working closely with the Council as the project progresses. We are particularly conscious of the sensitive setting and the need to deliver this project with minimum disruption to neighbours."

Selection of the lead contractor followed a government approved procurement process.

Planning permission for the £90 million scheme was secured in April and work is expected to begin in 2019 with completion scheduled for 2021.

Designed by Allies and Morrison, the development, which includes approximately 20,000 sq ft of private tenanted offices, has been planned around the entrance to the town’s Calverley Grounds.

The project is expected to generate around £34m net additional benefit to Tunbridge Wells.