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Competition: Kasbah creative hub, Grimsby

Port of Grimsby
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North East Lincolnshire Council is recruiting a team to design a Creative Industries Workspace in the historic Kasbah area of the Port of Grimsby

The team selected for the estimated £70,000 contract will carry out RIBA Stages 0-to-3 for a creative hub in a series of abandoned structures on the historic waterfront which was once the centre of Grimsby’s thriving fishing industry.

The project aims to provide new specialist facilities for emerging arts businesses in the region and will transform a series of six neighbouring former factory buildings into a new studios, workspaces, a gallery, a community space and a production facility.

In its brief, the council says it wants to appoint ‘a suitably experienced team of consultants to undertake design development work in support of a transformational regeneration project in the historic Kasbah area of the Port of Grimsby.

‘The project, to deliver a Creative Industries Workspace, forms one strand of Open for Culture, one of five projects across England to receive funding and support via Arts Council England’s Cultural Development Fund. The Workspace will also be integrated with the wider regeneration programme for Grimsby town centre and the waterfront, which forms an integral part of the Town Deal.’

Grimsby is on the south bank of the Humber Estuary around 26km south-east of Hull. It is a major centre of food production which suffered significant post-industrial decline following the scaling down of its fishing industry in the late 20th century.

The Kasbah area was created on a peninsula between the Royal Dock and Fish Dock no 2 in the 1870s and featured a dense network of factories and smoke houses in its heyday. The area is dominated by the James William Wild-designed Grimsby Dock Tower but many of the buildings have been demolished and only a few of the original structures survive.

The latest project will create a new specialist facility for local artists and makers who suffer from a lack of suitable studio space in the local area. It will restore several disused structures in the Kasbah district which has a 70 per cent vacancy rate.

Applicants must hold public liability insurance of at least £5 million, employers’ liability insurance worth £10 million, and professional indemnity insurance of at least £2 million.

Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is 15 January.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Christina Tabor
North East Lincolnshire Council
New Oxford House
George Street
DN31 1HB

Tel: +44 1472326942
Email: christina.tabor@nelincs.gov.uk 

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