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The Martin Luther King Jr Building will receive an improved entrance and exhibition space as part of the transformation project. Credit: Place North West

Architect wanted for International Slavery Museum revamp

Julia Hatmaker

National Museums Liverpool is on the hunt for a design team for a £1.75m project to transform both the International Slavery Museum and nearby Maritime Museum.

The project would refurbish the Martin Luther King Jr Building and the grade one-listed Hartley Pavilion. The design team would improve the exhibition space and the circulation at the museums, as well as the entrances. They would also create a link bridge connecting the two buildings.

In addition to having a lead consultant and principal designer, the team would include a variety of sub-consultants including a building and structural engineer, MEP building services engineer, fire consultant and CDM principal designer.

It is expected for the design team to consult with members of black communities and those who have had their lives impacted by slavery. National Museum Liverpool is encouraging diversity in the design team to ensure an “authentic and inclusive perspective to the creative process”.

The project is being supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The successful design team will be signed on to a 60-month contract, which would be subject to renewal. It is anticipated that the scheme would complete at the end of July 2023, but it could also be extended to winter 2026.

The deadline for requests to participate in the competition is 10am on 7 February, with invitations to tender or participate going to selected candidates on 21 February.

Elsewhere on the Liverpool waterfront, the Tate Liverpool is also looking for a design team to handle its own revamp.

Last year, National Museums Liverpool appointed a design team for its Canning Dock improvement project.

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This has been under discussion for about 10 years, and there will now be community consultation, with a completion target of 2023 or maybe 2026, even snails move quicker than that.
Does everything have to have rounds of consultation , can`t designers just design, as that what they are trained for.

By Anonymous

NML are becoming a boring entity now.
It seems this is the only subject they have covered for the past decade and it’s very expensive

By George

I’m not a huge fan of ID politics and the imported US culture wars, but this seems like a worthy project (especially considering its location) and can see, given that this issue is the flavour of the moment, it pushing through a bit more quickly than it has in recent years.

By The Squirrel's Nuts

Always 10-15 year plans in Liverpool – bore off no one cares

By Anonymous

Let’s see if it mentions that Britain was the first and only country in the world to end the international slave trade and enforce it on moral grounds at great cost. I bet the answer is no. The British have a proud story to tell on slavery after the entire world has been at it since time immemorial.

By James