The Amelia Scott

Tunbridge Wells Learning and Cultural Hub

  • Client

    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    April 2022

The Challenge

Regenerating a grade II listed building as Tunbridge Wells’ cultural and learning hub. The refurbishments caused complications due to the variety of the materials and construction methods used.

The works carried out were during the Covid-19 pandemic and included the demolition and removal of existing adult education outbuildings and the partial demolition of the existing library.

The budget and cost plan alignment was also a constant challenge, and the town centre location demanded considered planning of materials and plant.

The Solution

Multi-stakeholder engagement demanded communication clarity. The Willmott Dixon team introduced a stakeholder engagement and communication plan to provide clear communications, track and reocrd key decisions needed.

Having a constant pro-active approach to reporting allowed design and specification decisions to be considered early, allowing the team to plan ahead and report against key milestone events.

The Willmott Dixon team also had to flexible in order to adapt to the ever evolving CLC working restrictions.

The Results

The Amelia Scott has been redeveloped as a major new cultural centre in Tunbridge Wells.

The centre is home to several attractions including a museum, art gallery, library, archives, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s Gateway, Kent County Council’s register office, the Tourist Information Centre and Kent Adult Education centre. It showcases rare paintings and artefacts, including a Gainsborough, as well as 10,000 books and 60,000 historical objects, twice as many that could be displayed in its forerunner.

There is also a new ground floor pottery studio, as well as textile and silversmithing facilities and a digital suite for the creation of short films, videos and other digital art.




Achieved Local SME


Added Value


Client Satisfaction

Contractor Performance | Commitments


99% of regular payments were made within the required period and did not exceed 30 days


Created learning opportunities leading to sustainable employment


Zero harm achieved


Created distinctiveness of Tunbridge Well’s local economy


Applied aftercare and soft landing principles

SCF Framework Manager

James Wright


Phone: 07761 330560

Contractor Framework Manager

Guy Dawes


Phone:  07989179444