Birmingham and Bristol bid for funds

Three more multi-million pound bids for National Lottery funds have been put to the Millennium Commission. London’s Met Studio and Birmingham’s Duodesign are both involved.

Met Studio won a five-way credentials pitch to masterplan two Bristol entertainment centres, Science World and Wildscreen World. The projects are part of a 75m proposal, Bristol 2000, which is applying to the Millennium Commission for half its funding.

Met Studio advised on the selection of Chris Wilkinson Architects for Science World and Sir Michael Hopkins and Partners for Wildscreen World.

Met Studio has also advised on interiors for both projects, and managing director Alex McCuaig confirms that the consultancy will be designing graphics for both projects if they get the go-ahead.

Met Studio is also involved, along with The Visual Connection, in a 22.7m plan by the National Trust and the National Trust for Scotland to establish “Millennium Gateways” at 30 of their properties. The high-tech galleries will be sited in existing buildings. 11.35m is being sought from National Lottery funds.

Meanwhile, Duodesign has created a logo for Millennium Point (pictured), a 110m plan to regenerate Birmingham’s Digbeth area.

If the commission awards the project 50m, architects and exhibition designers will be sought to design a museum and permanent exhibition, says Sir Bernard Zissman, chairman of Birmingham’s Millennium Project Team.

London architectural practice Blonski Heard will be designing a theatre complex at Milton Keynes, after the project received 19.6m National Lottery cash from the Arts Council. It expects to design graphics in-house, according to partner Andrzej Blonski.

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