The Baltic Creative Community Interest Company (CIC) is recruiting an architect for a £2 million expansion of its headquarters in Liverpool
The winner of the £247,000 contract will draw up plans for a 1,600m² tech hub inside an abandoned 19th-century brick warehouse at 61-63 Norfolk Street.
The project will deliver a new ‘high-quality space’ dedicated to digital, creative and technological industries specialising in gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality. Facilities will include a co-working area, music recording studio, gym, café, tenants’ spaces and administrative offices.
In its competition brief, Baltic Creative CIC says it is ‘looking to deliver an outstanding finished scheme that not only provides fantastic creative and digital space but contributes to the growing creative and digital sectors within the Baltic Triangle area.
‘The scheme sits within an area that has had committed funds for public realm improvements, many of which have been delivered or are planned to be delivered, over the coming years ensuring the area opens up its east-west links to better connect the waterfront and the Baltic Triangle community.’
The post-industrial Baltic Triangle area is a short distance from Liverpool’s Albert Dock UNESCO World Heritage Site and the BDP-designed Liverpool One shopping precinct. It has become increasingly popular with creative and design industries in the past decade.
Characterised by a large number of 19th and 20th century warehouses, the area is now home to many restaurants, night clubs, galleries and independent designers, artists, film makers, musicians and fashion designers.
Baltic Creative was created in 2009 to deliver flexible space for emerging creative and digital companies in the local area. The charity is based inside a former warehouse building, known as the ‘Jordan Street Tin Sheds’, which was converted by Union North into rentable studio space.
The latest project – a short distance from the main 11,000m² Baltic Creative campus – will feature space for around 20 businesses alongside the café, co-working space, music recording studio and outdoor areas. The warehouse building, which has been empty for the past 25 years, will be partially demolished and refurbished while a new-build extension will be created to the rear of the site. The scheme is scheduled to complete next year.
The project was previously developed by K2 Architects which won planning permission to regenerate the site two years ago. The scheme is subject to Baltic Creative purchasing 61-63 Norfolk Street which is expected to change hands next month.
Applicants must first submit an expression of interest and pre-qualification questionnaire. Four teams will then be invited to present proposals at interview. The winning team will review existing proposals and deliver the scheme from RIBA Stage A-L.
The deadline for applications is noon, 21 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Baltic Creative CIC
49 Jamaica Street
Tel: +44 1517082840