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Wave testing for gallery
The Turner Centre
The gallery could be enveloped in waves and spray at high tide
Designers planning a new art gallery in Margate are making sure it can withstand a battering from stormy seas.

The multi-million pound gallery will be built alongside a stone pier on the seafront - and could be enveloped in waves and spray at high tide.

The building's designers, Norwegian architects Snohetta and Spence, have called in marine engineers to make sure it will not suffer as a result.

A scale model of the building, the pier, the seabed and the coastline has been constructed to allow engineers to measure the potential effects of the sea.

Most extreme

A spokesman said a variety of wave conditions would be tested.

The model will also help the designers ensure the gallery remains accessible in all weathers, even the roughest.

The centre is due to open in 2007 and will house works by JMW Turner and also feature a gallery for contemporary artists.

Exhibition spaces will rise from the sea bed, while the entrance, cafe and administration areas are built on the stone pier.

The plans were approved by Thanet District Council in February despite opposition from some traditionalists to the structure's modern design.

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