Tuesday22 August 2017

Architects gear up for Museum of London competition

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Blue-riband project to be launched next month

An international design competition for a new £70 million home for the Museum of London will be launched next month.

It is being masterminded by Malcolm Reading Consultants and will see the museum relocate to a 25,000sq m site at West Smithfield in the City.

It comprises the vacant Smithfield General Market, the vacant Fish Market, the Red House, Iron Mountain and the Engine House – all of which sit at the Farringdon Road end of West Smithfield.

The museum is currently based at the nearby Barbican with this site expected to be turned into a concert venue.

The way for the architectural competition was paved after the City of London Corporation bought the leasehold for Victorian market from TH Real Estate just before Christmas.

A shortlist of architects will be drawn up in the spring with a winner due this summer. The competition is being bankrolled by a £200,000 grant from the mayor of London Boris Johnson who said: “We are providing support for this competition so that the museum can conduct a global search and ultimately create a major cultural destination and a new landmark for the capital.”

Museum of London director Sharon Ament said: “We hope to tantalise the world’s most creative architectural minds with the prospect of working with us on this project.”

The Smithfield building would increase the size of the museum from 17,000sq m to more than 27,000 allowing it to put thousands of unseen relics on show for the first time.

Architects wishing to receive the launch flyer for the competition should contact Malcolm Reading Consultants by email only at museumoflondon@malcolmreading.co.uk.



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