ARCHITECT WANTED FOR LONDON MUSEUM09 September 2015
THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM IN LONDON IS ON THE HUNT FOR AN ARCHITECT TO DESIGN NEW MEMBERS' ROOM
The V&A is looking for an architect to design a new £1.3 million members’ room to accommodate its growing number of supporters.
Practices must have a turnover of more than £200,000 to enter.
The new room will be on the second floor of its landmark building in South Kensington with views over the new courtyard being created as part of Amanda Levete’s Exhibition Road project.
The museum, which has built a reputation as an enlightened patron of architecture with its FuturePlan project pioneered by the late Moira Gemmill, wants a space which “reflects the spirit of the museum” and caters to its members’ needs.
There are now more than 86,000 members, bolstered by the sell-out Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition earlier this year.
The deadline for expressions of interest in the project is October 2, after which five practices will be shortlisted.
The V&A said it would assess the tenders 80% on quality criteria and 20% value for money. The quality criteria are: understanding the brief and communication of ideas; design ambition; team coherence and project resourcing; and ability to deliver the project. These criteria will be assessed through the teams’ design response, fee tender, resource schedule and interview.
The winner will act as lead consultant and develop the scheme from RIBA stages 1 to 7. Construction is due to be completed in November 2017.
The V&A will appoint the remainder of the design team through the museum’s existing frameworks.
The competition documents can be accessed through the museum’s electronic portal below