RIBA’s business arm, RIBA Enterprises (RIBAE), is seeking a ‘north east-based’ architect to oversee the overhaul of it its Newcastle headquarters
Under the scheme RIBAE’s existing offices in the city’s former main Post Office site, along with newly acquired land and buildings behind the main office, will be converted to create new work space for the rapidly expanding business.
As well as boosting the floor areas currently occupied by RIBAE from 18,000 to 26,000 square feet RIBAE chief executive Richard Waterhouse said the completed facility would also include a new gallery, lecture theatre and social areas making it ‘an architectural hub for the north east’.
Waterhouse said the need for expansion was being driven by new overseas commissions including from South Africa and Malaysia and by a boom in BIM.
The scheme, which including land acquisitions will be capped at £5million, will be funded entirely by RIBAE (which includes NBS and RIBA Publishing) and Waterhouse pledged it would become known as a ‘BIM exemplar.’
An appointment is expected to be made by the end of June this year.