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Fosters’ Imperial War Museum scheme dealt funding blow

Foster + Partners’ proposed revamp of the Imperial War Museum in London has been torpedoed following a decision not to give the £71 million project heritage lottery funding

An application by the museum for £23.5 million to pay for the cost of the project’s first phase was shot down by the Heritage Lottery Fund despite having already shelled out more than £565,000 for Foster + Partner’s design services.

The £29 million initial stage included the redevelopment and expansion of the First World War galleries, effectively doubling the museum’s display space.

Later phases include a new ground-level entrance, landscaping at the front housing the ‘iconic’ naval guns, twenty per cent more gallery space, upgraded visitor facilities and a larger and temporary exhibition space.

A spokesperson for the museum said: ‘We are disappointed that our grant application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was unsuccessful, particularly as the new First World War galleries are an important part of the national commemorations to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014.

‘However, we remain committed to our plans to transform our flagship branch, IWM London and to be the UK cultural leader of national and international centenary commemorations.

‘It has always been our intention that redevelopment work at IWM London will be phased in line with the generosity of donors, with a view to delivering the First World War Galleries and centenary programme in 2014 as the highest priority.

‘We are continuing to fundraise from a variety of sources including donations from major philanthropists, Trusts & Foundations, corporate partners, Friends of the Imperial War Museum and the public.’

The ambitious masterplan was due to complete in 2019.

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The first phase of the larger £71 million scheme, which is due to complete in 2019, will be the redevelopment and expansion of the First World War galleries.

Budgeted at £29 million, this initial stage will be almost double twice the size of the current galleries allowing the museum to display much more of its world renowned First World War Collection.

Later phases include a new ground-level entrance, landscaping at the front housing the ‘iconic’ naval guns, twenty per cent more gallery space,upgraded visitor facilities and a larger and temporary exhibition space.

The museum has already started fundraising to support specific redevelopment projects within the Fosters + Partners masterplan and all ‘work will be phased in line with the generosity of donors’.

Diane Lees, director-general of the Imperial War Museum said: ‘I can’t think of a more fitting way to start the transformation than with the creation of new galleries to mark the First World War centenary in 2014. The Imperial War Museum was founded during the First World War as ‘a lasting memorial of common effort and common sacrifice’ to those who played their part in the conflict. The new galleries will allow us to continue this work in the twenty-first century and help current and future visitors to learn and understand more about the causes, course and consequences of the Great War.”

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Foster + Partners to masterplan Imperial War Museum

Foster + Partners has been appointed to masterplan the Imperial War Museum’s Lambeth Road Site

The site in south London is the former home of Bethlem Royal Hospital, more commonly known as Bedlam, and the project will be managed by Drivers Jonas Deloitte.

Diane Lees, director-general of the Imperial War Museum, said: ‘We’re incredibly excited to be bringing on board Foster + Partners and Drivers Jonas Deloitte. Both impressed us with their blend of energy and experience, qualities we believe are essential to the team working on such an important project.

‘Our aim is to put audiences at the heart of everything the Museum does, and we’re confident our new master planning partners will help us deliver this.’

The first phase of the masterplan will be approved by the museum in September 2010 and should be delivered in time for national commemoration of the First World War centenary in 2014.

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