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Competition: Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum

Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum
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Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council is seeking an architect to design a £2 million home for the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum

The winner of the estimated £120,000 contract will revamp the volunteer-run museum which is based inside a disused 1930s fire station next to Rochdale railway station.

The project will reconfigure the museum’s main exhibition spaces, create a new entrance, convert the control room into a library, and deliver new education spaces and a café. Plans for the Heritage Lottery Fund-backed upgrade have already been developed to RIBA Stage 3.

In its brief, the museum says: ‘The successful consultant will work with the council and museum – as the project’s clients – to take these existing design proposals through to implementation, and subsequent completion.

‘The architectural firm will assemble an appropriately skilled and experienced team to carry out the work required for the project’s delivery. The team will include a principal designer, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, building services/MEP consultant, contract manager and conservation/heritage architect as appropriate to deliver the works.’

The museum, on Maclure Road, holds a variety of objects, archives and images relating to the history of firefighting within the wider city region.

It was founded by volunteers from within the fire service in 1983 and today exhibits a number of fire-fighting appliances and pumps along with uniforms, insignia, paintings and models. 

The winning multidisciplinary team will develop the scheme from Stage 3 through to completion, scheduled for 2020. It will also draw up plans to convert additional spaces on the first floor into new offices for the local authority.

Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is 21 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Michael Sellors
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Trafford Town Hall
Talbot Road
M32 0TH

Tel: +44 7580292661
Email: michael.sellors@star-procurement.gov.uk 

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