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Competition: BFI National Archive, Berkhamsted

BFI Berkhamsted
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The British Film Institute (BFI) is recruiting a design team for a major overhaul of its national archive in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire

The winner of the estimated £90,000 contract will reconfigure and upgrade workspaces and storage areas within the 1986 suburban complex, the JP Getty Conservation Centre.

The project, planned to complete in 2019, will maximise efficient use of space within the 5,680m² archive, which employs around 100 people and features a range of stores, vaults and workshops where Britain’s historic films, television programmes and other artefacts are preserved.

In its brief, the BFI says: ‘This is not a standard workplace study as much of the activity within the building is about lab processes, eg scanning and restoration of film.

‘We are therefore seeking a provider who can demonstrate experience of space planning more than standard office space. If the provider does not have design services in-house then we will accept a team proposal.’

The BFI is a governmental arm’s-length body and the lead organisation for film in the UK. It has its headquarters in London and operates cinemas at the BFI Southbank and BFI Imax.

As well as the Berkhamstead archive, it stores additional material in a new facility designed by Cullinan Studio on a former MOD site near Gaydon in Warwickshire.

The winning team will be expected to maximise space within the building and relocate operations from temporary buildings to the main structure. Consideration of aesthetic improvements to the ‘dated’ interiors will also be required along with the design of new social and shared spaces.

The scheme anticipates a 10 per cent growth in staff numbers over the next five years due to the preservation of new types of AR, VR and immersive media. A site visit will be held at 10.30am on 23 May.

The deadline for applications is midday, 7 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Stephen Adams
BFI
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

Tel: 0207 9574849
Email: stephen.adams@bfi.org.uk

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