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Imperial War Museum masterplan up for grabs

The Imperial War Museum London (IWML) has launched a search for an architect to draw up a new spatial masterplan for its 19th century home, the former Royal Bethlem Hospital in Lambeth, London

The contract cost is estimated to be between £100,000 and £1.5 million, ’subject to whether the appointment is short term or for the duration of the project through to 2020.’

According to a notice posted in the official journal of the European Union (OJEU), ‘the consultancy is required to develop a spatial master plan for IWM London’.

The museum houses a collection of artefacts, documents and vehicles, including planes from the First and Second World Wars, such as a Sopwith Camel, Supermarine Spitfire and German jet Heinkel He 162. It is on the site of the Royal Bethlem Hospital, an asylum whose menacing reputation helped coined the term ‘bedlam’.

The asylum was designed by Sidney Smirke in 1815 and the IWML moved there in 1917 with extensions and modifications to it in 1966 and 1989. Among the former asylum’s alumni is A W N Pugin, architect of the the Houses of Parliament.

The Imperial War Museum has previously commissioned architects Daniel Libeskind and Norman Foster for its Imperial War Museum North and Imperial War Museum Duxford respectively.

Interested parties should contact Simon Bourne at the IWM on 0207 416 5257. Tenders need to be delivered to the IWM by 2pm, on 17 March 2010.


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