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Race for £4M music centre civils deal

Museum of London exterior

A £4M tender notice has been announced for civil and structural engineering services for a prestigious new music centre in the City of London.

Three leading cultural organisations, the Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, have worked together to develop plans for the Centre for Music, funded by the City of London Corporation. It will be built on land currently used by the Museum of London, which would be demolished and rehoused elsewhere.

The City of London Corporation has said it hopes the new centre, which will house a new concert hall for the public, as well as education and training facilities, will create a cultural corridor in the area and attract visitors from the 1.5M extra per year expected when Crossrail opens in 2018. A feasibility study found the centre could bring £890M to the UK economy and cost £278M to build.

The £4M contract is for a civil and structural engineer to work as part of the integrated design team for the project. Bids are welcome until 14 June, and the contract will run from 9 October 2017 until 30 April 2027.

“This is an important step towards the transformation of this vibrant area around the Barbican Centre and Guildhall School of Music & Drama into a world-class cultural hub. Culture, open and available to everyone, attracts people to work in, live in, and visit the Square Mile,” said City of London Corporation policy chairman Catherine McGuinness.

Other disciplines for the integrated design team will be procured individually, and include contracts for an architect, building services engineer and acoustician.

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