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Competition: Greenwich Park learning centre

Greenwich Park
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The Royal Parks is recruiting a design team for a new £1.2 million learning centre in Greenwich Park, south-east London

The winning architect-led team will create a new 340m² educational complex within the nursery yard of the historic 75ha green space overlooking the River Thames, which is thought to be the oldest public park in the country.

The project will deliver a new base for training volunteers featuring internal and external classrooms, offices, a multi-purpose exhibition space and toilets. Clear visual links to the surrounding deer park enclosure and a public realm connection to the proposed Vanbrugh Lodge Café nearby will also be required.

According to the brief: ‘The new Learning Centre is to be located within part of the area currently occupied by the nursery yard, which will be reduced in size and rearranged to suit the new building. It is anticipated that the new Learning Centre will occupy a location somewhere along the south-western edge of the nursery yard adjacent to the deer park, where it can get views to both the deer park and nursery yard, and will be in close proximity to the new Vanbrugh Lodge Café.

‘It is anticipated that there will be multiple and varied external learning and training activity spaces around the deer park that link to the new Learning Centre to create a diverse, flexible and inspiring experience for visitors. The new Learning Centre must be low-maintenance and robust and expect the building developed using good quality materials that reflect the high standards of the park.’

Formerly Henry VIII’s hunting ground, Greenwich Park was relandscaped by André Le Nôtre during the 17th century and opened to the public in the 1700s. Overlooking the River Thames and Old Royal Naval College, the Grade I-listed landscape is home to the prime meridian and Royal Observatory.

Nearby landmarks include the Grade I-listed 1726 Vanbrugh Castle and the Queen’s House by Inigo Jones. The latest project is part of a wider Heritage Lottery Fund application to restore and upgrade the historic landscape which witnesses large numbers of visitors.

The new learning centre will be constructed inside the nursery yard in the south-east corner of the park where the deer enclosure is also located. A wildlife centre was previously created in a series of disused buildings within the nursery yard 16 years ago.

The deadline for application is 4pm on 16 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

The Royal Parks
The Old Police House
Hyde Park
W2 2UH

Email: procurement@royalparks.org.uk

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