Imperial War Museum North, Development of External Spaces



The multi-award winning Imperial War Museum North (IWMN) has selected a preferred design team to develop the external spaces of the Museum following an RIBA international design competition and public consultation with visitors and key partners.


The Competition seeks design proposals for the external spaces to the multi award-winning Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. The external spaces must enhance the museum by reflecting its key message that war shapes lives, against its dramatic exterior, enhancing and expanding the visitor experience to beyond the walls of the internal spaces. There is an opportunity to do something dramatic and spectacular that will at the same time integrate with the extraordinary content and design of Libeskind's iconic building.

Category Project Competition / Competition Result
Type International, Project, EoI, Restricted, Two-Stage, Onymous
Genre Landscape, Museum
Country Manchester, UK
RegDeadline 23 October 2008 GoogleCal iCal
23 October 2008 (Must be Received)
Eligibility Multi-disciplinary teams which may be led by an architect or landscape architect

RIBA Adviser for the competition Maggie Mullan said "This is a unique opportunity to create a singular landscape for this singular building, responding to the changing physical, social and cultural context and enhancing the visitor experience of the Imperial War Museum North."

IWM North Director, Jim Forrester, added: "Our stunning Libeskind building continues to generate much interest and argument, and now, with the next phase of the Quays regeneration underway, we are ready to make more of its setting. The challenge is to make the outside areas of the museum as striking, memorable and rewarding as the building and its displays already are. To achieve this we are looking for remarkable designers with ideas which will give even more substance to our mission".

Criteria for Selection
Stage one selection will be based upon the following criteria :
- Design Quality
o demonstrable inspiration and creativity in recent work
- Resource & Experience
o team experience and ability
o experience in the design of similar projects
o evidence of capacity to deliver the project
- Communication
o response to and compliance with requirements set out in this briefing paper
o experience of an approach to community consultation

The Jury Panel will include the Museum Director and other senior IWM representation, a Quays stakeholder representative and the RIBA architectural adviser, Maggie Mullan of Austin Smith Lord Architects.

A payment of £12,000 (plus VAT) will be shared equally amongst the shortlist (maximum five).

Entry Fee

No more than 20 single sided A4 pages, bound, providing the following information :
1) Full contact details of the lead consultant (ie the architect or landscape architect), identifying one point of contact for the competition.
2) Introduction to the lead consultant and motivational statement.
3) Details of the proposed consultants and examples of where the team has worked together previously.
4) Three client referees for the lead consultant.
5) Details of relevant projects, including illustrations.
6) Details of the lead consultant’s current level of Professional Indemnity Insurance.

Assessment of EOI’s : w/c 3rd November
Brief issued to shortlist : w/c 10th November
Deadline for concept designs : 15th January 2009
Final judging (including interviews) : w/c 26th January

Imperial War Museum North

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