The Natural History Museum is on the hunt for architects for two regeneration projects inside its iconic Alfred Waterhouse-designed west London home
The separate tender notices seek an architect for a new members room and another architect to renew a back-of-house corridor known as the ‘Waterhouse Link’.
The new members room will replace an existing facility which is currently being transformed into a cloakroom.
The Waterhouse Link will meanwhile be transformed into a new public ‘artery’ to improve visitor circulation.
Describing the project, a museum spokesperson said: ‘This route will run from east to west, in parallel with the existing route either side of the Hintze Hall. Most importantly, this will allow the Exhibition Road entrance to be better connected with the rest of the Museum.
They continued: ‘In the longer-term there will be a clear link between the Earth Hall and the Darwin Centre, thus alleviating the pressure on those galleries that currently act as a primary means of circulation.’
The announcement comes shortly controversial plans to overhaul the museum’s central Hintze Hall by Casson Mann were unveiled.
More than 32,000 signatures were added to an online petition against the rennovation which will see a life-sized diplodocus skeleton cast known as Dippy replaced with a blue whale skeleton.
C F Møller completed the museum’s £78 million Darwin Centre – containing a 65m-long cocoon for exhibitions and specimen storage – in 2009.
The deadline for requests to participate in both the members room and Waterhouse Link schemes is 5pm on 10 April.
How to apply
Mr J Baker
Natural History Museum
Tel: +44 2079425416