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Science Museum begins search for events space architect

Science Museum in London. Image by Science Museum SSPL 2014
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The Science Museum is seeking an architect for a new events space inside its South Kensington headquarters

The winning team will create a daytime events space on the fourth and fifth floors of the museum’s historic Richard Allison-designed main building.

According to the contract notice, the facility should ‘evoke the spirit of the museum and capitalise on the spectacular views across the London skyline.’

The document continued: ‘The new space will [also] allow the Museum to attract day time events clients and therefore generate income without competing with the museum’s cultural programme.’

The two levels are currently home to the Medicine Galleries which are relocating to the museum’s first floor under £24 million plans drawn up by Wilkinson Eyre.

The competition is the latest to emerge from the Science Museum’s £60 million regeneration masterplan which also includes a mathematics gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects, an interactive gallery by Muf and a new entrance by HAT Projects.

The first scheme in the masterplan – a library and research centre by Coffey Architects – completed earlier this month.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the estimated £300,000 contract and a winner will be announced in July.

The chosen lead consultant will develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 to 7 and the remaining design team will be appointed through the museum’s existing frameworks.

The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 21 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Science Museum Group
Science Museum
Exhibition Road

Tel: +44 2079424000
Email: info@platform5consultants.com

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