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Architect sought for £40m Southend museum

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is seeking an architect to deliver its £40 million Seafront Museum

Planned to complete in 2019 – the Western Esplanade attraction will feature a museum, planetarium, restaurant, café, shop and multi-story carpark.

Highlights will include relics from Southend’s royal Saxon tomb – unearthed in 2004 – and items the shipwreck of the ‘London’ which sank 350 years ago.

According to the contract notice: ‘Southend Borough Council is seeking to bring together an experienced and appropriately qualified architect-led design team with outstanding design and detailing skills to take forward the Seafront Museum project.’

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the £1 million contract and the winning team will initially develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 4.

AEW Architects won planning permission for the landmark project in 2012 and stabilisation works on the prominent cliff-side site have already been completed.

The first phase will deliver a 8,701m2 car park while the second phase focus on the 10,023m2 museum, a 392m2 planetarium and other facilities.

The appointed team will need to model the existing scheme in BIM Level 2 and achieve a phased delivery within the constraints of the original planning permission.

Submerged into cliffs overlooking the Thames Estuary, the project was won by AEW following a three-stage competition process in March 2009.

The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 3 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Corporate Procurement
Civic Centre (5th Floor)
Victoria Avenue

Email: procurementadvisors@southend.gov.uk



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