Barbican to overhaul website

The Barbican Centre is looking to overhaul its website and is seeking a design consultancy to work with.

The Barbican's current website
The Barbican’s current website

It is looking for a consultancy to work on the design, launch and support of its Barbican.org.uk site and the CMS that supports it.

The redesign will replace the Barbican’s current website, which launched in 2005 and has won a Webby Award. The website currently receives more than 5 million visits a year.

The Barbican previously issued a tender for the website redesign in 2010, but says it decided not to appoint on this occassion. A Barbican spokesman says, ’This process led to the decision to refine and develop our long-term digital strategy to better clarify our ambitions and aspirations for a new site before publishing this new tender.’

Rob Baker, head of marketing at the Barbican, says, ’We want our new website to showcase [our] content in new and exciting ways, mixing an innovative and intuitive site architecture with high-quality design.’

The project is valued at around £450 000 and will run for five years. Implementation/first-year costs are estimated at £250 000-£320 000.

The tender has been issued by the Mayor and Commonalty and Citizens of the City of London, which is owner, funder and manager of the Barbican Centre.

The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 16 August. For more information and to apply, visit: ted.europa.eu.

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