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National Galleries of Scotland seeks architect for £75m archive facility

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The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) is on the hunt for an architect to design a £75 million low-energy archive building in Granton, Edinburgh

The winning architect-led multidisciplinary design team will draw up plans for the new 30,000m² National Collections Facility (NCF) on a waterfront site within the city’s brownfield regeneration zone.

The project will create a publicly accessible store to Passivhaus standard for more than 100,000 of the museum’s artworks, including paintings, sculpture, photographs and printed material. It is scheduled to complete in 2021.

The brief says the facility ‘offers an extraordinary opportunity to make our collection work hard all the time, not just when it’s on display in the galleries or on tour. We want the NCF to be a game-changer – a place where anything is possible.

‘The building, through its design and construction, will be a hub for high-quality care and the effective management and distribution of the collections. This will transform public access and, together with our partners, we will deliver an international and national presence for research and education. It will be an exemplar of high energy and efficiency underpinned by the rigour of the Passivhaus building standard.’

The facility will be constructed on a 4.5ha site which was formerly home to the Madelvic Motor Carriage Company, an early car manufacturing company, and features one surviving Category B-listed building. Owned by city astronomer William Peck, the company produced an electric car powered by a fifth wheel in 1898.

Nearby landmarks within the waterfront regeneration area include BDP’s 1,300m² Granton Centre for Art, completed for NGS in 2003, and the Hoskins Architects-masterplanned National Museums Collection Centre, which houses 12 million items from National Museums Scotland.

The latest commission comes two years after Hoskins Architects was appointed by NGS for a £15.3 million refurbishment of its main venue on The Mound in central Edinburgh.

Once completed, the NCF building will bring together the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Demarco Archive and the Artist Rooms under one roof.

Participating teams should include an architect as lead consultant, civil and structural engineer, services engineer, principal designer and landscape architect. Applicants should have experience of place-making, consultation with stakeholders, BIM, Passivhaus and delivering intelligent solutions to complex storage, access, security and distribution requirements.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the contract, which is expected to run for five years. Bidders must have £10 million-worth of employer’s liability insurance cover, £10 million of public liability insurance and £10 million of professional indemnity insurance. A minimum annual turnover of at least £700,000 for the past three years is also required.

The deadline for applications is noon on 30 January 2017.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ian Hendry
National Galleries of Scotland
75 Belford Road
Edinburgh EH4 3DR

Tel: +44 (0)1316 246259

Email: Ian.Hendry@nationalgalleries.org

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