National Media Museum seeks designers for London outpost

The National Media Museum is set to launch a search for a team to provide integrated design services, including architecture and engineering, for its London Galleries Project.

The London Galleries Project will see the creation of 1500m2 of exhibition galleries in a location in the capital yet to be confirmed. Rumours suggest this will be in the Science Museum, which is run by the National Museum of Science and Industry, which also runs the NMM.

The galleries are set to open in September 2012, and will focus on photography, film, television, radio and the Internet. The gallery space will feature: flexible installation spaces; a screening and performance space; private study rooms; a large welcome lounge; and a café and bar.

NMM-owner NMSI is seeking designers to provide: ‘a digital, audio and visual environment that befits a forward-thinking and media-based project’; ‘a suite of facilities that are truly flexible and respond to the day-and-night programming of the entire but also specific areas of the space’; and ‘a design identity that is coherent on both macro and micro levels, from the use of the space’s existing features to the materials used for gallery and library furniture’.

NMSI adds that the project is not fully funded yet.

Expressions of interest are currently being sought, and suppliers will be invited to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union from 14 April. The contract will be awarded on 15 June.

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