The British Museum is yet to appoint any exhibition, interior or branding groups to take part in developing its plans for an exhibition centre, which will stage large-scale global touring shows.
Architect Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners has been snapped up to develop the designs for the building and an international conservation centre and research laboratory.
As well as offering an enormous space for the exhibitions, the centre aims to provide the facilities needed to support the Museum’s programme of loans to other museums and galleries within Britain and around the world.
Consultancies could potentially be required for exhibition and interior design, graphics and signage.
According to reports, one of the reasons for the plans followed the museum’s failure to accommodate the Tutankhamun exhibition. This exhibition will now take place at the O2, formerly the Dome, in Greenwich, south east London later in the year.
While the proposals are subject to planning permission, the project aims to be completed by 2011 and will be built in Montague Place in Bloomsbury.