So Create a Difference: Tunbridge Wells
Stuart Page 2/4/2013
So Create A Difference:
The exhibition and drop-in workshop encouraged a creative debate about the future of Tunbridge Wells and proved a great success with over 500 enthusiastic visitors in one day.
The debate is continuing on SoCAD Facebook page and Twitter.
Our practice has been involved in the development of Tunbridge Wells for over thirty years, including new buildings, conservation and adaption of existing buildings and planning advice for the Council.
For this exhibition we proposed a group of live-work homes and creative workshop spaces in Jarvis’ Yard - as an alternative to demolition and redevelopment - and a hotel and spa between Mount Pleasant and Calverley Park.
The architects’ and the public’s visualisations and views will be turned into a book and presented to senior staff and Councillors at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council during the Spring.
So Create a Difference is the idea of architects Stuart Page of Langton Green and James Galpin, Partner in Hazle McCormack Young in Tunbridge Wells. The event was funded by the Royal Institute of British Architects West Kent Branch, which represents 300 local members and by the RIBA’s Local Initiative Fund.
‘Recent events mean that it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that Tunbridge Wells can have a bright and exciting future. So Create A Difference will give people in the community a real opportunity to have their say and to feed through their views to the Council. Creative thinking is the first step towards making the town’s great potential into reality.’
Stuart Page is also a member of the Town Panel, invited by the Council leader in 2011 to comment on and recommend ways in which the town should develop.