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Competition: Horniman Museum

Horniman Museum
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The Horniman Public Museum and Public Park Trust is recruiting a design team to remasterplan its 6.5ha hilltop home in south-east London

The winner of the minimum £10,000 contract will draw up a masterplan for the Grade II*-listed Arts and Crafts style building and its surrounding gardens, which feature stunning views of the capital’s skyline.

The project will maximise the facility’s free amenities and income-generating activities; reduce congestion in the entrance area; improve accessibility and legibility for visitors; and set out a range of options for the museum’s Study Collections Centre.

In its brief, the Horniman says the masterplan ‘needs to address the historical context of the Horniman and implications of the developments for our local community as well as the museum’s requirements and aspirations. There will therefore be a need for consultation with users and the local community as part of the master-planning process.

‘The masterplan also needs to be flexible to allow it to adapt and change over 10 years. There is a requirement to raise external funds for nearly all of the elements of the plan, and there are constraints on our own capacity to do this, and to manage multiple projects. As a result, the developments will have to be phased over the period.’

Named after its founder, English tea trader Frederick John Horniman, the museum occupies a hilltop site overlooking Dulwich in south-east London. Displays include musical instruments and artefacts relating to anthropology and natural history.

The Horniman’s main building, designed by Charles Harrison Townsend, opened in 1901 and an extension was completed 10 years later by the same architect. Allies and Morrison expanded the complex in 2002, while Walters & Cohen completed a £2.3 million garden pavilion in 2012.

Earlier this summer, MICA Architects and Ralph Appelbaum Associates completed a £1 million refurbishment of the museum’s South Hall Gallery.

The latest project follows the appointment of a new museum chief executive, Nick Merriman, and is part of plans to diversify audiences, enhance the venue’s social impact, improve collections and build a more sustainable economic foundation for the enterprise.

The winning team will draw up a 10-year strategy featuring a range of smaller projects intended to transform the site which receives close to a million visitors every year. Plans to rethink the Horniman’s Study Collections Centre in North Greenwich will also be required.

Bids will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost. Applicants must have professional indemnity insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £5 million, and employers liability insurance worth £5 million.

The deadline for applications is midday, 17 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Kirsten Walker
The Horniman Public Museum and Public Park Trust
100 London Road
SE23 3PQ

Tel: 020 8291 8695
Email: kwalker@horniman.ac.uk 

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