V&A Museum of Childhood launches £200,000 tender for interiors overhaul

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum of Childhood has put out a tender worth £200,000 for the redesign of its interiors.

The institution, which is part of the wider V&A Museum group and is based in Bethnal Green, East London, is the UK’s national museum of childhood. The museum’s collection comprises more than 35,000 objects dating from the 16th century up until the present day.

The tender is part of a planned revamp of the Grade II-listed building, and details the restoration of the ironwork building – originally built in 1872 – and the redesign of its interior spaces that hold the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. The project is expected to cost £3.3 million in total, according to the Architects’ Journal. The V&A was unable to confirm the figure at the time of publishing.

FuturePlan redevelopment

The tender reads: “We are now seeking a base-build design team to develop full shell and core design, including structural, M&E (mechanical engineering), heritage, lighting and acoustic schemes.”

“This package will also cover limited elements of fit out design in some specified areas. Further fit out packages for galleries will be issued separately later in the programme,” it adds.

The contract is due to last for four years, and is part of the V&A’s ongoing FuturePlan redevelopment and expansion plan. The project was launched in 2001 with the aim of modernising the museum and improving visitor experiences, and recently saw the opening of its new Exhibition Road Quarter at its site in Kensington, West London.

The deadline for applications for the V&A Museum of Childhood tender is 11 December 2017.

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