War museum planning new northern exposure

The Imperial War Museum is searching for designers and architects to masterplan a proposed branch in the north of England.

“We will be looking for architects and designers who can work collaboratively and draw in other relevant specialists,” says the museum’s assistant director of planning Geoffrey Marsh. The two potential sites are Birkenhead and Trafford, near Manchester.

Competitors will take part in a proposals and a credentials pitch, says Marsh, who has given no thought to the site’s identity yet.

The museum scrapped earlier plans for a northern branch in Hartlepool when an offer of funding was not realised (DW 25 November 1995).

James Gardner 3D Concepts (now called 3D Concepts) drew up designs for the site and there was talk of transferring the designs to another location. The architectural concept for the Hartlepool site was by Sir Norman Foster and Partners.

However, the designs will not be transferred, as the sites earmarked are too different from Hartlepool, and the original contract was with the late James Gardner himself, says Marsh.

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