The City of London Corporation has provided funding for the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama to complete a detailed business case for a world-class Centre for Music in the Square Mile.
At the heart of the vision for the Centre for Music (estimated cost £250m) are proposals for a landmark building containing a world-class concert hall for the digital age and an ambitious, educational offer to bring music-making to the widest possible audience.
The preferred site for the Centre for Music, which the City of London Corporation has agreed in principle to make available, is currently occupied by the Museum of London, but will become available when the Museum of London fulfils its ambition to move to a larger site at West Smithfield.
Work on the business case is ongoing and will be completed by December 2018.
Pre-qualification documents have been issued for an architect, civil and structural engineer, building services engineer, acoustic consultant and theatre consultant, each being procured independently.
Dover District Leisure Centre planning decision in June
A planning application for a new £26m Dover District Leisure Centre has been submitted. The new leisure centre is proposed on a 2.1ha site in Whitfield to replace the existing 40 year old Dover Leisure Centre. Facilities at the new leisure centre would include a competition standard, eight-lane swimming pool with spectator seating for 250 people, along with a learner pool. Other facilities would include a four court sports hall, squash courts, multi-function room, fitness gym, fitness studios, clip ‘n’ climb wall, and a café.
The plans also include two outdoor 3G artificial pitches for five-a-side football, landscaping and a minimum of 250 parking spaces.
The plans have been drawn up to RIBA Stage 3 and meet with Sport England guidelines. The centre is being designed to a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. The planning application can be viewed online at www.dover.gov.uk/planning (reference: DOV/17/00305).
The application is expected to be considered at a meeting of Dover District Council’s Planning Committee in June 2017.
BAM Construction was appointed to a pre-construction contract in January 2017, joining a team of architects, designers and specialist engineering consultants working on the detailed design phase.
Cllr Trevor Bartlett, portfolio holder for property management, said:
This is another significant milestone on our journey to provide the district with a modern leisure facility.
Following a detailed evaluation of the tenders for operating the centre, a final decision on the operator will be made by Dover District Council’s cabinet in September 2017.