Dickens World.

Culture and Leisure

Project Description

In the late 1990’s Studio Director John Muir was selected as architect for an international new themed attraction (an indoor theme park) representing a further stage in the rejuvenation of Chatham Maritime. The proposals by Dickens World Limited build on the masterplan for which the practice won planning consent and of which the new Dockside Outlet Centre was the first manifestation.

Now open and trading well, the £30M Dickens World development is based around the works of Charles Dickens, who had a long association with the area. There are thirteen attractions relating to the great novelist’s books, together with comprehensive restaurant facilities.

Dickens World also contains a re-creation of a Victorian school, with education programmes linked to Dickens novels on the curriculum.

Alongside the 73,000 sq ft Dickens World exhibit is a 9-screen Odeon multiplex cinema and multi-storey car park the external skin of which carries a dynamic light show. It comprises an attractive combination of stainless steel mesh and perforated aluminium sheet that sparkles in the day and at night acts as a screen for a computer controlled light show that has become an admired feature of the area.

Project Details

Client    Dickens World with SEEDA
Construction value    £30M
Contractor    MacLaren
Fit out    RMA
Completion    2007
Tags    Cultural and Leisure Buildings
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