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Hunt begins for RAF Museum upgrade team

The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon is on the lookout for a landscape architect and multi-disciplinary team for a £23 million overhaul

The competition – organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants – will select a team to revitalise the historic former airfield’s grounds and upgrade its visitor experience.

Planned to complete in time for the RAF’s centenary in 2018, the project is the first stage in delivering Wilkinson Eyre’s delayed, competition-winning masterplan for the north London site.

According to the brief: ‘The ambition of the Museum is to ensure that the Royal Air Force’s story endures and enriches future generations. The vision is to be a world-leading museum that engages, inspires and connects everyone with the RAF story through exploration of the RAF Museum’s people and its collections.’

The project is broken into three phases. The first will re-landscape the site and transform a number of 1930s buildings into a new workshop and restaurant.

Some existing buildings and a road will also be demolished while the car park will be reconfigured to improve access.

The second phase will create a new entrance to the museum’s ‘Falklands to Libya’ exhibition and improve its connections to the site.

In the final phase, the winning team will create a new entrance for the museum and convert some existing internal areas into education spaces.

Services including plant and the district heating system will also be upgraded while new environmental solutions such as solar panels will be installed.

Landscaping opportunities may also extend beyond the site boundary into the wider regeneration area surrounding the museum.  

Teams should be led by a landscape architect and include experts in architecture, place making, M&E engineering and structural engineering. A quantity surveyor and exhibition designers will be procured separately.

Applicants must first complete a pre-qualification questionnaire, describe their team and demonstrate their approach by showing examples of previous projects. Highly visual and concise applications are encouraged.

Shortlisted teams will be announced on 22 September and given until 16 October to develop proposals for the competition’s second stage. A winner will be named on 20 October.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 22 September.

How to apply

Participants must return three hard copies of their application and one digital copy on a USB stick (in PDF format) clearly marked:

RAF Museum Centenary Programme - Landscape Services
Malcolm Reading Consultants
Fourth Floor
10 Ely Place
London EC1N 6RY






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