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RIBA denies library and collections move to northern HQ

The RIBA has denied reports it is intending to relocate its library and permanent collections to a proposed new northern regional headquarters in Liverpool

As reported in the AJ back in August (AJ 12.08.10), the instituted is looking at setting up a Liverpool Architecture Centre. Although some ‘prize exhibits’ could go on show at the centre, rumours that the entire library collection was permanently heading north have been quashed.

Dubbed the RIBA Second HQ, the project was originally expecting to receive a cash boost from the North West Development Agency however those funds were pulled as part of a programme to cut the Regional development Agency’s budget by £52 million.

A spokesman said: ‘The proposal is for a ‘hub’ which supports the architecture profession and promotes the social and economic value of good design through exhibitions and a programme of events. There are no plans at this stage for any part of the RIBA’s permanent collections to be relocated to Liverpool.

‘This project is at a very early feasibility stage and it would be wrong to speculate what form this project may take.’

It is understood the RIBA working with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, The Mersey Partnership (TMP) and the Northwest Development Agency on the project.

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