Exhibition Design for Plymouth International History Centre.
Plymouth City Council | Published December 16, 2014
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Plymouth City Council and its partners have recently obtained a Round 1 pass of 12.8 m GBP from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Plymouth International History Centre (PIHC).
In our application we describe our vision as follows:
‘Plymouth History Centre will put heritage at the heart of our city, transforming people's lives, creating a place and experience to share our rich and diverse collections and their stories with the world. It will bring together at-risk archives, film and artefacts into a sustainable new home. Restored listed buildings will be brought back to life creating an international cultural and learning destination in Britain's Ocean City.
More than a building, it will create a new infrastructure transforming the way collections are managed, putting people at its heart, creating active participants. It will connect people with their world-class heritage, building pride and confidence. A seamless blend of technology and tradition will create an exceptional, immersive and fun environment.
Walking in the footsteps of Drake, Reynolds, Scott and Astor, our project will communicate the power of the city's collections to reposition Plymouth's role in history and history's role in Plymouth'.
The primary objective of the PIHC is to provide an entirely new and exciting visitor experience and service to share the stories and collections of Plymouth and its people with the world. This will be achieved by bringing together the collections of Plymouth City Council's Arts and Heritage Service and the local studies and reference libraries, the South-west Film and Television Archive and the South-west Image Bank into two grade 2 listed buildings. The University of Plymouth is a partner although they do not have collections. The buildings are the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library buildings and St. Luke's Church.
This project has full cross-party support. A feasibility study, control scheme, outline business case, high level Master-plan, activity plan and financial framework have already been developed. The total project cost is expected to be in the region of 25 m GBP of which 2.5 m GBP relates to exhibition costs, subject to review during the Development phase.
The HLF Round 1 application followed a considerable amount of development work around the vision for the PIHC, the building plans and the historic collections.
We have appointed Atkins as the Technical and Design Team.
Prior to any launch of a procurement process for Exhibition Designers, the Council is intending to hold a bidders day in Plymouth on the 6.1.2015.
There will be two sessions on 6th January, one 10:00-13:00 and one 14:00-17:00. Each will follow the same format:
— Presentation (1 hr):
— Welcome and introduction to the Team,
— The History centre — background and Exhibition Design brief,
— The Procurement Process,
— Tea/coffee and informal discussions (1/2 hr),
— Tour of site including public realm (1 1/2 hrs),
— If you would like to attend the bidders day please contact Hilary Bracegirdle at firstname.lastname@example.org advising which session you would prefer and who will be coming (maximum two people),
— If you are unable to attend the bidders day but would like an informal chat about the project, please contact the procurement team on the above e-mail and we will arrange for you to be contacted by a member of the project team,
— We will confirm the venue of the bidders day by return,
— Please note this invitation is not part of a procurement process. Interested parties should note that a response to this Notice does not guarantee short-listing for further discussions as part of this exercise. In addition, it does not guarantee that an invitation to tender for any future services will be advertised, nor that such a procurement exercise will take place or that any proposals offered would be accepted.</