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Competition: Paisley Museum exhibition design

Paisley Museum and Art Gallery
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Renfrewshire Council is seeking an exhibition design team to work on its £42 million overhaul of Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

The winning team will draw up plans for a comprehensive redisplay at the Category A-listed museum, which is due to undergo a landmark extension, renovation and refurbishment designed by Amanda Levete’s AL_A.

The announcement comes shortly after the local authority abandoned an earlier search for an exhibition design team, telling the shortlisted teams – which included ZMMA, Studio MB, Event and Metaphor – they had failed to meet project requirements in terms of scope, cost and quality.

The new brief says: ‘The exhibition design team will be responsible for designing the redisplay of the museum collection to make it more accessible (physically, socially and intellectually), with a clear visitor-focus to exploit the strengths of the unique collection.

‘The project aims to attract visitors from further afield whilst maintaining a sense of ownership for the local communities, and to do justice to Paisley’s radical reputation. The project represents an exciting opportunity to respond to a unique collection, a rich local history and to deliver a fully 21st-century facility that places the visitor at its heart.’

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries was a gift to the town from local industrialist Peter Coats. The 1871 complex also includes a library and observatory.

Earlier this month an AL_A-led team was awarded a £2 million contract to design the refurbishment and extension of the Category A-listed Neoclassical building, which hosts the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls, along with many 19th-century Scottish paintings and local history artefacts.

The Paisley Museum Reimagined project, planned to complete in 2022, aims to transform the John Honeyman-designed building into a leading European museum focusing on the historic town and its iconic decorative pattern.

According to a council spokesman, the latest procurement process has been restructured to yield better results by allowing more dialogue between the local authority and bidders.

The Paisley Museum Reimagined project aims to make the museum a major visitor destination and a new centre for learning, skills development, innovation and research.

Planned improvements include a ‘bold new café, shop and reception’ fronting Paisley High Street, along with new public areas and upgraded internal circulation.

The exhibition design team will develop the interior scheme from RIBA Stage 2 to 6 covering exhibition design, graphic design, artwork and illustration, lighting design and structural design.

The deadline for applications is midday, 18 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Euan Walker
Renfrewshire Council
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street

Tel: +44 1416187791
Email: euan.walker@renfrewshire.gov.uk


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