The British Film Institute (BFI) has revived plans for a new venue on London’s South Bank with a design team for the high-profile £130 million project yet to be appointed
The prestigious organisation has relaunched plans for a new home next to Jubilee Gardens following an £87 million ‘investment offer’ from a mystery bidder whose identity has yet to be revealed.
Planned to complete in 2022, the project will transform the underused Hungerford Car Park into a new ‘International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image’ featuring three cinemas.
A new BFI archive, several permanent installations, a giant zoetrope and a 6,500m² extension to the West 8-designed neighbouring green space will also be included.
Nearby landmarks include the Squire and Partners-masterplanned Shell Centre redevelopment, Marks Barfield’s London Eye and Mark Power’s ‘Jubiloo’.
The announcement comes almost six years after plans by David Chipperfield Architects for a new BFI venue on the same site were axed in the Coalition Government’s comprehensive spending review.
The BFI has issued a public contract notice for the development partner role as part of the official process of formally accepting the £87 million deal.
The agreement – which is open to potential rival offers – requires full services for the design, build and partial fit-out of the new venue.
Naming rights, exclusive control of food and beverage concessions, and partial repayment of the original investment may be received in return.
The investor is expected to provide a full design team and a main contractor although both roles may be appointed separately after the mystery bidder’s offer is formally agreed.
The deadline for development partner applications is 27 June.
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