Derry City Council is on the lookout for a design team for a £8 million maritime museum and archive
The project will transform two listed waterfront buildings on a former military base in Ebrington and create an ‘iconic modern extension’.
Planned to complete in 2018, the 2,200m² development will feature galleries, archival reading rooms and educational facilities.
According to the brief: ‘[The aim is to] develop a regional maritime museum and archive that gives an international platform to the story of our maritime heritage and will ensure the preservation of the collections and greater access and engagement to the collections and heritage of the city.’
Exhibitions will explore the history of trade along the River Foyle and the growth of Derry port. Around 30,000 items from the city’s archive – including genealogical records – will also be relocated to the building and made available to the public for the first time.
Derry was a major embarkation point for emigration from Ireland during the eighteen and nineteenth centuries and the museum is expected to receive international visitors wishing to trace their genealogy.
The museum will also explore the history of the Ebrington barracks site which was constructed by James II in 1689.
The riverfront base was used by US troops during the Second World War and later by the Royal Navy before being decommissioned in 2003.
The base was also a focus for The Troubles and was attacked twice by the Real Irish Republican Army.
Wilkinson Eyre completed a new crossing - known as the Peace Bridge - connecting the former base to the west bank of the River Foyle in 2011.
The winning team will undertake the design of the new museum and manage its construction.
The deadline for requests to participate is 30 January.
How to apply
View the tender notice for more information
Derry City Council
98 Strand Road
BT48 7NN Derry
Telephone: +44 2871376578
Fax: +44 2871368536