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

The museum is seeking design teams to restore its building in East London and reimagine the interiors, as part of a tender worth £200,000.

© 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 initial masterplan is expected to cost £3.3 million in total, according to the V&A.

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. Find out more information and apply here.

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  • Rob Heard November 21, 2017 at 3:34 pm


    Is it just the application that needs to be in by the 11/12/17? Or do you need design ideas etc by then?
    Kind regards

    • Aimée McLaughlin November 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Hi Rob, thanks for your comment. For full details on how to apply for the tender you’ll need to register with Delta eSourcing where it is listed, which you can do at the bottom of this page https://www.delta-esourcing.com/tenders/UK-title/5572JG86R3 Thanks, the Design Week team

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