The British Film Institute (BFI) is seeking an architect to design its ambitious new Film Centre on London’s South Bank
The BFI had previously worked with Stirling Prize-winner David Chipperfield on proposals to build a facility on its Hungerford car park plot. However those plans (see below) were quietly shelved and the institute is now looking for a new design team to build a ‘national film and television centre’ – a project understood to be worth around £160 million.
The successful architect will help to select the rest of the design team, including civil and structural engineers, mechanical and electrical engineering consultants and other specialists.
A shortlist is expected to be unveiled in August with the winner appointed in November 2010.
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The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 14 June.
Client contact details:
British Film Institute
21 Stephen Street
Contact: Correspondence via https://www.bfi.org.uk/about/procurement
Attn: Lisa Rowe MCIPS
W1T 1LN London
Tel. +44 2079578987
Fax +44 2075808797
The BFI is the world’s leading cultural organisation for film, a charity whose mission is to promote the art of film. It wants to make sure that everyone, no matter where they live, can enjoy the broadest choice of film; film that wouldn’t otherwise be available.
For more than 75 years the BFI has celebrated cinema from around the globe, curating a diversity of film that has influenced and shaped film culture in Britain for film-makers and audiences alike.
The BFI cares for one of the world’s most significant archives of film and television. It distributes films to hundreds of venues across the UK and to cinemas around the world, and curates world-leading programmes at its exhibition venues as well as organising 2 leading annual film festivals. It is the heart of film culture.
Film is the medium of the twenty-first century and the BFI is seeing unprecedented demand. Last year, almost 1,000,000 people attended one of its cinemas or festivals, and it distributed cultural and archive films to more than 800 venues across the UK (and many more overseas), and around 7 000 000 people watched TV programmes of BFI archive material.
More than a quarter of a million BFI DVDs were bought, and it sold around 50 000 copies of BFI books about film and television, and nearly a quarter of a million copies of our film journal, Sight & Sound.
Today’s audiences demand greater access to film heritage and culture, not only from the archive but also from contemporary and world cinema. BFI Southbank, sited underneath Waterloo Bridge in central London, has been the organisation’s home for film exhibition since the early 1950s.
But the building is no longer flexible or durable enough to allow the BFI to showcase all its activities, provide meaningful and wide access to the national collections, or to be a world-leading showcase for the BFI’s renowned film festivals and home to film-makers from all over the world.
In order to meet the demands of audiences now and in the future, the BFI’s vision is to create a world-class Film Centre which inspires people everywhere to celebrate the histories, possibilities and futures of film, and Britain’s special place within this.
It will be inspiring, flexible, adaptive and technologically innovative, setting the benchmark for the way in which film - in its broadest sense - can be accessed, presented, experienced, celebrated, understood and appreciated. It will be important both internationally and locally, technologically advanced, accessible and sustainable.
It is intended that the new building will be located in the cultural quarter on London’s South Bank and provide a fitting centre for the celebration of film and television as an art, in much the same way as theatre, dance, music, opera and fine art are already represented.
London’s South Bank attracts around 16,000,000 visitors a year and is Europe’s leading quarter for the arts. It first became a ground-breaking centre for the arts following the staging, in 1951, of the Festival of Britain. Although the fortunes of the area have gone up and down over the years, for the past decade or so it has enjoyed a tremendous renaissance.
Today the area is home to the Royal Festival Hall, the Hayward Gallery, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the National Theatre and BFI Southbank. As well as the immediate South Bank arts venues around Hungerford Bridge, other cultural organisations along the River Thames include Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, the London Eye and Tate Britain.
It is anticipated that the BFI Film Centre will be in the order of 12 500 m² (Gross floor area), with construction and fit out cost at current prices of approximately 90 000 000 GBP.
The BFI wishes to appoint an architect who will provide (either by themselves or in partnership with others) full architectural and landscape architectural services for the duration of the design and construction process through to completion.
It is anticipated that hard and soft landscape as well as works in the public realm will be a substantial component within the overall scheme and a high standard of quality and creativity will be required accordingly. The services will cover full pre and post contract services for the duration of the design, construction and fitting out process through to post completion.
The project will be phased and it is anticipated that the overall Film Centre will be completed in 2017.
Further background information about the project is contained in the BFI Film Centre information booklet available for download as part of the pre-qualification documents. This is available for download as soon as Potential Providers register on the BFI e-tendering site and express an interest: www.in-tendhost.co.uk/bfi