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Suffolk launches search for heritage centre designer

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Suffolk County Council is looking for an architect to design its new heritage centre in Ipswich

The winning multidisciplinary design team will create a new BREEAM excellent facility for the local authority on Ipswich waterfront (pictured).

The heritage centre will feature a new county archive alongside a café, exhibition space and a 200-seat auditorium. It is scheduled to complete in 2019.

The project, which is supported by the University of Suffolk, aims to boost local and national engagement with the county’s collection of historic records.

Important items within the collection include King Henry I’s charter to the monks of Eye Priory which was signed in the 12th century.

Earlier this year University of Suffolk BA interior architecture and design student Bryony Briggs won an ideas contest for the building’s reception area.

The RIBA’s competitions unit launched a design competition for a £77 million pair of waterfront bridges in Ipswich at the start of this month.

Ipswich Dock has been a centre of maritime trade since the 8th century. The wet dock, located on a bend in the River Orwell, was built in 1842 and now features a marina.

Nearby landmarks include John Lyall Architects’ The Mill completed in 2009, which is the tallest tower in the region.

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the £800,000 heritage centre contract. The chosen team will initially develop designs up to RIBA stage 3 and then – if the project’s round two Heritage Lottery Fund application is approved – on to completion.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 6 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Suffolk County Council
Russell Road

Tel: +44 1473260450
Email: martin.jennings@suffolk.gov.uk

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