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Horniman seeks designer to oversee exhibition overhaul

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The famous Horniman Museum in south east London is searching for a designer to overhaul its Natural History exhibition.

Opened in 1901, the Grade II*-listed Arts and Crafts building by Harrison Townsend was redesigned four years ago by Allies & Morrison - a £13.5 million extension project which included a new café and entrance.

Now the museum, which also houses the country's largest collection of musical instruments, wants to revamp 400m 2of exhibition space as part of a new £1.2 million refurbishment scheme.

The original building was described by Pevsner as 'one of he boldest public buildings of its date in Britain' with a 'strong dominatingly curved' facade similar to that of Whitechapel Gallery - Townsend's other gem.

Describing the planned work, a spokesman said: 'The look and feel of the design must respond to the architectural space. It is anticipated that mechanical, electrical and lighting schemes will require significant re-design.'

The winning designer, who will be selected through the OJEU process, will be asked to take the proposals through to RIBA stage C/D so that a full Heritage Lottery Fund application can be made.

For more details about the project, visit www.ted.europa.eu(contract notice 2006/s 147-158896).

The deadline is 15 September.

by Richard Waite

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