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Competition: King’s Lynn Creative Hub

The Custom House in King's Lynn
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King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council is recruiting a design team for a new creative hub

The multidisciplinary team chosen for the £40,000-to-£60,000 contract will complete a feasibility study exploring the potential location, configuration and funding model for a new creative hub within the historic town.

The project aims to create a landmark facility for local creative industries, which will encourage start-up ventures, jobs, products, services and future investment. The study will explore gaps in the local market, identify a suitable management structure and select a range of services to be provided.

According to the brief: ‘At the moment, the creative and cultural sector in King’s Lynn is fragmented with businesses operating individually and no evidence of collaboration. A creative hub will offer these creative businesses the chance to congregate with others in order to access crucial resources such as tools, specialist services, or inspiration to help develop projects and businesses.

‘The need for a feasibility study that assesses the local market and cultural context and underpins the successful creation and operation of a creative hub is well evidenced by British Council research (The Creative Hubs Report 2016). The research shows that “not all Creative Hubs are the same and they are often embedded in particular cultural contexts, local cultural and economic ecosystems – understanding the unique proposition of a hub, and its relation to the local creative community, underpins a successful outcome.”’

King’s Lynn is a historic seaport and market town in Norfolk, which played a major role as one of England’s greatest harbours trading with the Hanseatic League during the 14th century.

Last year Levitate and regeneration consultant Urban Delivery were chosen to deliver a concept and delivery plan for the town’s historic waterfront, stretching from Purfleet Quay in the north to Friars Fleet in the south.

Earlier this year, the council launched separate searches for a design team for a £4.9 million programme of public realm and flood defences at Nelson Quay, and for a design team to test the feasibility of six strategic brownfield sites.

The latest project aims to create a new creative hub for the town aimed at boosting activity within the local cultural, technology, social enterprise, games, graphic design and web design sectors.

The winning team will complete a feasibility study for the project identifying a preferred location for the facility along with a management structure, planned services and a financial model.

The deadline for applications is midday, 11 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Tony Hague
King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council
Kings Court Chapel Street

Email: procurementtenders@west-norfolk.gov.uk

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