Hull City Council is recruiting a design team for a £27.4 million overhaul of its Grade II*-listed Maritime Museum
The multidisciplinary team chosen for the £1 million-to-£1.25 million contract will regenerate the museum’s base inside the city’s historic former Dock Offices building, create a collections store nearby and transform the derelict North End Shipyard into a visitor orientation centre and dry berth.
The Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City (HYMC) project, planned to complete in 2022, follows on from last year’s UK City of Culture celebrations, which saw landmark installations by Tonkin Liu and Chilean practice Pezo von Ellrichshausen. The historic Arctic Corsair (pictured) and Spurn Lightship vessels will also be conserved as part of the scheme.
According to the brief: ‘This heritage-driven, transformational project draws on Hull’s unique spirit and sense of place, redefining and refocusing the cityscape to highlight the maritime stories of the past, present and future.
‘HYMC builds on legacy aspects of the City of Culture 2017, focusing on the promotion and protection of Hull’s maritime history, architecture and collections. HYMC uses heritage as a means of delivering outcomes to build capacity in the city, through skills development, employment, apprenticeships, internships and volunteering.’
Hull has served as a market town, trading hub, military port, industrial centre, and major international fishing base throughout its history. Today it is home to around 250,000 people.
The city’s Maritime Museum was created inside the landmark 1872 Dock Offices building in the 1970s and has changed little since first opening. The museum’s extension includes whale skeletons, ship models, and a large oral history archive.
The North End Shipyard is a large derelict area a short distance from the museum at the other end of Queen’s Gardens. It features three silted up dry-docks and a disused derrick crane, and was once the main entrance to the former Queen’s Dock.
Constructed in 1960, the Arctic Corsair is the last surviving ship from Hull’s distant water fishing trawler fleet and once set a world record for landing cod and haddock from the White Sea. The Spurn Lightship was built in 1927 and is currently based in Hull Marina.
The HYMC project sets out to ‘protect, preserve, and promote’ the city’s maritime heritage and collections. Key aims include restoring the museum, transforming the abandoned docks into a new visitor centre, creating a new collections store inside the Dock Office Chambers building, and conserving the new boats.
The scheme will also include city-centre public-realm improvements including new public art installations.
The deadline for applications is midday, 9 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Kingston Upon Hull City Council
3rd Floor The Guildhall
Alfred Gelder Street
Tel: +44 1482613694
Fax: +44 1482614804
Rob Kingdom, project director for Hull: Yorkshire Maritime City.
What is your vision for Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City?
Enabled by the Heritage Lottery Fund, our vision is about enriching the lives of people by reconnecting Hull with its maritime roots, using heritage assets as the key driver. We will capture the social, physical, economic and cultural benefits of heritage redevelopment. We are reconnecting the city to its sense of place and identity, its reason for being. Within the historic core of the city we are refurbishing the Grade 2* Hull Maritime Museum, re-purposing Dock Office Chambers as a storage facility and linked by Queens Gardens, a new “North End Shipyard” will be created from two historic dry docks. Two historic ships, the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship will also be refurbished. The museum is uniquely shaped and use of the central light well, improved navigation and accessibility are key challenges alongside expanded displays. The renovated shipyard, the new home for Arctic Corsair will be key in interpreting the area’s important history. The wayfinding solution between the parts needs to tell the story of the past and encourage visitors to re-tread historical spaces and create a cohesive visitor experience.
Hull Maritime Museum
What sort of architects and designers are you hoping will apply?
We seek inspired conservation architects, and structural engineers who will work collaboratively with other specialists to enable the exhibition and interpretation vision to be fully achieved. The interpretation of the landscaping and fulfilling the wayfinding strategy between the different locations, mapping out the story of the old docks and town walls will be a key element in bringing the sites together to work as a whole creating a destination. The team will need experience of delivering large ambitious heritage projects, with strong project management skills. But this project lends itself to collaboration and there is no reason why a number of organisations can’t collaborate to deliver the brief. We certainly need bidders to take into account the resources they have, and the deadlines required for our project.
Which other design opportunities are on the horizon and how will the architects/designers be procured?
The first procurement round for a multi-disciplinary design team will be followed quickly by exhibition and interpretation designers, Historic ship advisor as well as an independent Quantity surveyor/ cost consultant. All will be procured through OJEU and be on Yortender and contract finder.
Are there any other similar heritage and public realm projects you have been impressed by?
There are many good examples of heritage conservation and what we are trying to achieve has to be unique.