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Civils shortlist revealed for £4M concert hall

Museum of London exterior

Six firms have been shortlisted for a £4M civil and structural engineering contract for a major new music hall in London’s Square Mile.

Aecom, AKT, Arup, BuroHappold, Ramboll and WSP have all made the shortlist to engineer the Centre for Music, which could cost up to £250M to build. The contract will run from 9 October 2017 until 30 April 2027.

Set to host the London Symphony Orchestra, the cultural hub will take over the London Wall location currently housing the Museum of London, which will be relocated to a 25,000m2 site in West Smithfield.

The winning bidder will work as part of an integrated design team for the centre. A list of six architectural firms and building services engineers was announced at the same time.

“For the key partners behind this project and the City of London Corporation, this important announcement brings everyone a step closer towards one of the most widely anticipated and significant developments in the Square Mile’s vibrant cultural hub,” said City of London Corporation policy chair Catherine McGuinness.

The Centre for Music will house a new concert hall for the public, along with education and training facilities. The City of London has put up £2.5M to support a business case for the music centre, which is being led by the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. It will be completed in December 2018.


Civil and structural engineers

  • Aecom
  • AKT
  • Arup
  • BuroHappold
  • Ramboll
  • WSP

Building services engineers

  • Aecom
  • Arup 
  • BuroHappold 
  • Hoare Lea
  • Max Fordham 
  • WSP


  • AL_A and Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Sheppard Robson
  • Foster + Partners
  • Gehry Partners and Arup Associates
  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop
  • Snøhetta 


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