The Royal Borough of Greenwich is looking for an architect to design a 15,000m² cultural complex inside Woolwich’s Royal Arsenal
The winner of the £4 million contract will transform a series of Grade II and Grade II*-listed buildings on the 31.7ha former military-industrial site, in south-east London, into ‘sophisticated and elegant’ flexible arts spaces.
The phased project, planned for partial completion in 2019, will refurbish several landmark waterfront buildings including the current home of the Royal Artillery Museum which is relocating to a new Purcell-designed based in Wiltshire later this year.
According to the brief: ‘The project is intended to develop a creative district providing a home for a number of key permanent tenants and a variety of spaces that are available for short or mid-term letting to local and national organisations as required. The restored buildings will be used for performance, rehearsal, food and beverage, workshop and office use.
‘The key approach to the reuse of these magnificent buildings will be to adapt them to creative and cultural uses without making major interventions. The scars of previous use should be retained unless it is proven necessary to make changes. The end result should be sophisticated, elegant and continental in style, neither shabby chic nor urban grunge.’
The Royal Arsenal, originally known as the Woolwich Warren, first started producing armaments for the British armed forces in the late 17th century. The sprawling complex, which once measured 520ha and employed 80,000 people, ceased production in 1967 and finally closed as a military establishment in 1994.
Since 2008 the site has been undergoing a mixed-use regeneration masterplanned by Allies and Morrison for Berkeley. Alongside new housing, the site currently a pub, heritage centre, medical centre, farmers market and day care.
The latest project will transform a number of historic buildings, recently bought by the local authority, into a performance space, museum space and supporting workshops, studios, offices and catering. Facilities will be developed to shell and core before being tenanted or leased.
The winning team will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 1 through to completion. A feasibility study for the project has been completed by Bennetts Associates.
The deadline for applications is noon, 13 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Royal Borough of Greenwich
35 Wellington St
Tel: +44 2089212134