An international search has begun to find an architect to design a new £30 million landmark ‘beacon’ to house the Royal Air Force Museum’s Battle of Britain collection
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) had previously come up with ‘an overall strategic direction and core concept’.
However the AJ understands the eventual contest winner would not be bound by the practice’s initial designs for a 116m-tower.
The building at The Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, north west London, will showcase around a dozen aircraft and ‘tell the story of a major event in British history…encouraging people to draw parallels with modern life’.
The deadline for submission of entries is 21 January.
Client contact details:
Malcolm Reading Consultants
45-46 Berners Street
Attention: William Lamport
Tel. +44 2076372502
Launched as an OJEU notice (2010/S 252-388326), the contest is being run by Malcolm Reading Consultants.
Organiser William Lamport said: ‘The work carried out by FCBS and their team has given a tremendous boost to the entire vision and has enabled the RAF to determine an overall strategic direction and core concept.
‘The OJEU released is seeking a full team to deliver the design and interpretation for the Battle of Britain Beacon.’
He added: ‘The RAF intends the work that has been done developing the core concept can be developed and enhanced and is seeking world class skills to do this. This is not an OJEU seeking an executive architect and exhibition designer to work up a design that is already established.’