The Imperial War Museum has succeeded in its aim to build Daniel Libeskind's Imperial War Museum of the North in Trafford, with confirmation on Monday that a package of funding has been put together - without any assistance from the lottery.
Despite two rejections by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the museum has assembled £25.7 million of the £28.2 million cost from: landowner Peel Holdings (land and cash to value of £12.5 million), the European Regional Development Fund (£8.2 million), English Partnerships (£2.5 million) and Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council (£2.5 million). The museum plans to make up the £2.5 million shortfall through fund-raising.
While Libeskind's design, based on a series of shards, has remained intact, the exhibition design, originally to be carried out by degw/Amalgam, has been a casualty. With funds for the interior limited, the museum has adopted a new approach in collaboration with Libeskind, based around a concept called 'Image Totale' which uses a series of projections on the walls of the main exhibition space. In addition, artefacts will be displayed around the walls, and a series of six 10m-high 'silos' will contain artefacts stored in carousels, allowing visitors to summon those that interest them. The museum plans to apply for £4 million from the hlf to help fund the exhibition.
Construction should start in a year, with completion in 2002. The building will sit across the Manchester Ship Canal from Michael Wilford's Lowry Centre.
Announcing the go-ahead for the museum, culture secretary Chris Smith said, 'Bilbao, eat your heart out.' John Whittaker, chairman of Peel Holdings, said the canal would become 'the Little Venice of the North'.
Libeskind is planning to work with a Manchester practice on the project, and may open a uk office. Fund-raising for the Spiral at the v&a was going well, he said, and he is also working on the early stages of a scheme for the Shoah Centre in Manchester.
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This complete overhaul of the Luma Tower in Glasgow by Cornelius McClymount is one of six uk winners of Europa Nostra diplomas, to be announced tonight in Paris. The £4 million scheme was for flats in the 1938 Art Deco building. Other winners were Simpson & Brown, for restoration of Liberton Tower in Edinburgh; Guy St John Taylor Associates, for restoring Beech Farm in Horncastle; Robert George Architects, for conservation of the Circle of Lebanon in Highgate Cemetery in London; Hurd Rolland Partnership, for the restoration of Duff House, Banff, Scotland; and Inskip and Jenkins' work on the Temple of Concord and Victory in Stowe. One of four main medals went to the restoration of the eighteenth-century landscape park, Painshill Park in Cobham.