The Victoria and Albert Museum needs an architect to mastermind the refurbishment of its Cast Courts, which house its collection of plaster cast reproductions
Work on the project is to include: restoring original architectural features, repairing damaged areas of the roof, ceiling and walls, and creating new displays of smaller scale casts not currently on show.
Tenders must be received by 27 August.
Client contact details:
Requests for information to:
The Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum
Attn: Amy White
SW7 2RL London
Tel. +44 2079422908
Fax +44 2079422925
General address of the contracting authority www.vam.ac.uk
Address of the buyer profile http://www.vam.ac.uk/about_va/procurement/index.html
The Victoria and Albert Museum is inviting expressions of interest from Architects and Designers to act as the lead consultant for the refurbishment of its Cast Courts. The Cast Courts are among the most dramatic, popular and visited parts of the V&A, housing monumental works such as Trajan’s Column and the Portico de la Gloria from the Cathedral of Santiago de la Compostela. First opened in July 1873, the two Cast Courts were designed by General Henry Scott on the enormous scale needed to house the collection of monumental plaster casts. Parts of the Courts are in urgent need of repair and interpretation is not up to modern standards, with many visitors left wondering how and why the V&A came to hold such magnificent and unusual objects.
This is one of the most important projects in Phase 2 of the V&A’s FuturePlan regeneration, and will give a new lease of life to these most iconic of galleries. The project will be delivered in two phases. The scope of work (following RIBA Stages B/C - L) will include: Restoring original architectural features and recreating the original decorative scheme, including the tiled floor; Repairing damaged areas of the roof, ceiling and walls; Providing a comprehensive interpretive framework for the galleries; Creating new displays of smaller scale casts not currently on show; Rationalising and improving storage facilities in the upper galleries of the Cast Courts.
Range between £150,000 and £200,000.