Kent County Council






Clerk of Works
Quantity Surveying



As Client Funding Monitor, B&M supported Kent County Council on this £17M iconic arts building designed by David Chipperfield Architects.

There has been so much written about Turner Contemporary, it’s hard to know where to start! It is one of the UK’s leading art galleries. Situated on Margate seafront, on the same site where Turner stayed when visiting the town, Turner Contemporary presents a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, events and learning opportunities which make intriguing links between historic and contemporary art. The gallery offers a space for everyone to discover different ways of seeing, thinking and learning.

The gallery was awarded the RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award 2012, as well as being awarded Best Use of Arts & Culture at the Regeneration + Renewal Awards 2011.

Our ongoing relationship with the gallery culminated in holding our 25 year celebrations in this wonderful venue, and corporate sponsorship to further support a bold, ambitious and forward thinking organisation that has an international reputation for excellence.

The gallery has gone on to great success and esteem, and continues to enthral visitors with a series of exhibitions and events.

Our role.

B&M carried out the role of Quantity Surveyor for this scheme.

This included preparation of initial cost plans, developing option appraisals, and guiding the client through the procurement process. We also assisted the design team in agreeing the contract sum with the contractor and dealing with post contract variations and settlement of the final account.

Our John Longbottom also provided Clerk of Works services, prior to joining the B&M Team. John’s experience in complex concrete design, allowed him to provide advice to the team to ensure that the correct quality was reached.


The scheme is situated on the South East coast and is open to the harsh elements that British weather can provide.

The challenge was to find materials that stood the test of time, held up to the sea air environment, and exuded a simple, yet elegant form that the project team had envisaged.

The result of careful considerations to materials type culminated in a wonderful building, which sits extremely well in the coastal landscape, and sets the surrounding area ready for future development.


We worked closely with the Design Team, which was led by David Chipperfield Architects and their own appointed cost consultant.

Our role was to review and oversee overall project costs, including those outside of the construction contract. This was carried out by way of a series of meetings each month, tracking cost variations, expenditure and projected cash flow forecasts.

Project team.

  • Architect

    David Chipperflield Architects

  • Contractor

    R Durtnell & Sons

“I have worked with John on two projects, which were quite complex and which required very careful management and reporting. His experience as Clerk of Works was invaluable and his contribution to the successful completion of the projects has been recognised by the whole team.”

Chris Gabriel: Kent County Council