Buttress Manchester Jewish Museum
Buttress put together indicative designs which won the first phase HLF application in May 2015

Architect wanted for £4.5m Jewish Museum extension

Manchester Jewish Museum has launched the search for the design team to progress plans for a £4.5m restoration and extension project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The HLF awarded the Jewish Museum in Cheetham Hill development funding of £426,900 earlier this year to bring forward an application for the full grant of £2.5m. The final proposal is due to be put together by December 2016.

The project will fully restore the museum’s grade two-listed synagogue building and create a museum extension to house new galleries and spaces for learning, events and commercial operations.

Buttress was the architect for the first phase of the HLF application and put together an option appraisal in September 2014.

The team that is being tendered for includes an architect, designer, quantity surveyor, structural engineer, mechanical and electrical services engineer, a consultant to develop the conservation management plan, and a landscape designer.

The project is due to complete by 2020.

Manchester Jewish Museum is housed inside the city’s oldest synagogue building and tells the story of Manchester’s Jewish community from the 1740s to 1945. The Museum, which opened in 1983, currently attracts 15 000 visitors a year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Formal and informal learning sessions are regularly held inside the Museum, as are exhibitions and events, helping the Museum promote tolerance and understanding of Jewish faith, heritage and culture.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 2 December 2015.

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