Picture Frames for Quality of Leicester Images
Leicester City Council | Published December 14, 2015 - Deadline December 15, 2015
About City Hall
City Hall as we know it was originally opened in 1938 to house the City of Leicester Municipal Offices. Designed by Leonard Barnish and H Spencer Silcock for an architecture competition in 1931, the Municipal Offices building was built by Leicester contractors J Chapman and Sons and was opened on 7 November 1938 by the then Lord Mayor of Leicester, Authoritylor Frank Acton.
It was quickly recognised as one of the city’s most impressive 1930s buildings, built in the art deco style with a three arch entrance lobby decorated with cream Italian tuffaceous banded limestone and fine woodwork.
The ground floor originally housed the Municipal Electric Company offices, showrooms and a demonstration hall (a basement auditorium complete with a dressing room), whilst the upper floor housed the offices of the many different departments that ran the city. One section of the basement was even fitted out as a nuclear bunker during the cold war.
The Municipal Offices building was where generations of residents came to pay their electricity bills, rates and vehicle taxation, and in later years also housed De Montfort Hall’s box office. Latterly, it was home to Willie Thorne’s Snooker Hall.
In refurbishing the building, it has been returned to its former glory and conservation officers have worked closely with Franklin Ellis Architects and Willmott Dixon Construction to sympathetically retain and enhance many of the building’s fine art deco features – including the original oil-on-copper paintings installed by the Municipal Electric Company.
Nearly five decades after leaving the building for New Walk Centre, Leicester City Authority warmly welcomes more than 630 Authority staff ‘home’ to its impressive new City Hall headquarters.
Parts of the first, second, third and fourth floors do not have art deco features and have a modern and contemporary look and feel. With oak doors and furniture, black carpet and chairs and glass frosted with images of the Authority cinque foil.
The Authority is producing a richly illustrated guide to the city, which will include 200 pages and more than 500 photographs, mostly in colour. It will explore the city’s character, history and what makes Leicester different from other places. Taking readers from the Iron Age to the varied community of the time. The book will explore the pattern of building materials and styles, streets and open spaces, which make the city unique: the elements, which add up to the 'Quality of Leicester'.
The Authority would like 100 of these photographs displayed inside the meeting rooms and in the waiting areas at City Hall. The meeting rooms have been finished to a very high standard and we expect the frames to be of the same quality.
Firstly, the Authority would like to commission 3 x A2 size picture frames in a flat oak (real wood) frame with a slim inner black frame (see photograph 1). These are to be dry mounted with a 2mm clear float. The frame must complement the oak doors and furniture on the office levels in City Hall.
Subject to approval, a further 97 x A2 sized picture frames and 4 x A1 sized picture frames will be commissioned. The printed photographs will be provided, ready for you to mount and frame.
The frames supplied should be real wood. The council is looking for frames which have light oak outer with a slim inner black frame. Samples are to be sent to Leicester City Council and to be sent as a corner piece.
Address is as follows:
Leicester City Council
4th Floor, Rutland Wing
115 Charles Street,
The samples shall be unreturnable and Leicester City Council shall not be expected to pay for the samples and nor for the delivery of them.
Suppliers have an opportunity to view these large scale photographs as they have been used to furnish.
The successful supplier will be required to hang the frames.
During the process there will be a site visit to match the wood against the councils meeting room doors on Friday 4th December 2015. Times to be confirmed.