City of York Council is on the hunt for an architect for a £9.23 million overhaul of its historic guildhall
The winning team will transform the iconic waterside building into a new digital media arts centre – planned to open in 2018 – featuring a restaurant, bar, offices and an outdoor public space.
Robert Loader Architects completed a feasibility study for the project last year after winning a RIBA-backed design contest in 2012.
The council agreed to move forward with the scheme in December shortly after UNESCO designated the historic settlementas a ‘City of Media Arts’.
Announcing the project, York councillor Dafydd Williams said: ‘The proposals being put forward for the Guildhall have the potential to offer York a world class venue and exhibition space for the creative sector, which is flexible enough provide sole traders, freelancers, micro businesses and SME’s a chance to thrive and grow in the city.’
He continued: ‘This is exactly what the sector in York is telling us it needs and will help us to ensure that the city’s talent is retained, rather than going elsewhere. It will bring significant economic benefit to the city of over £8m in GVA and secure the future of the Guildhall complex, one of York’s most iconic buildings.’
Overlooking the River Ouse, the 15th century York Guildhall was damaged during a WWII air raid and rebuilt in 1960.
The appointed team will include a lead architect; structural and civil engineer; and mechanical and electrical engineering consultant.
The deadline for requests to participate is 12 noon on 10 April.
How to apply
View the tender notice for more information
City of York Council
West Offices, Station Rise
Tel: +44 1904551129