Mann Island

ISG wins RIBA Mann Island fit-out

Construction company ISG has been appointed to fit out the Royal Institute of British Architects’ new North West office and exhibition centre in Mann Island, Liverpool.

ISG will start on site in September with alterations to the existing internal layout of Building Two within Neptune Development’s Mann Island site, to create a dedicated entrance for RIBA staff and visitors.

Occupying two floors of the building, which sits within a Unesco World Heritage Site, the contractor will install a new passenger lift and feature staircase to link the ground floor and first floor mezzanine level, which will also be extended to provide additional office space.

The ground floor fit-out will include the installation of a six metre seamless spine wall in RIBA’s red brand palate, to define the route to the first floor and the high-specification ground floor café area.

In addition to the creation of museum-standard exhibition space, ISG will deliver a City Gallery, which will become the permanent home for the Liverpool City model and a venue showcasing development plans for the region. The facility also includes lecture and conferencing facilities, majority open-plan office accommodation and a retail outlet.

RIBA’s move to Mann Island was first announced in 2013, and was initially due to open in late 2014. RIBA was unavailable to comment on the cause of the delay.

ISG is also currently delivering the final elements of the £66m Exhibition Centre Liverpool and Pullman Hotel development.

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This will showcase Liverpool’s amazing architectural heritage! Great news that RIBA’s second national museum and exhibition centre will be coming to the Liverpool Waterfront. The Liverpool city model is a fantastic tool that helps you visualise the city’s development. When Jesse Hartley laid out and improved all these docks in the early 19th century I wonder if he imagined how they would once again become the vibrant heart of 21st century Liverpool long after the hub of the Port had migrated 5 miles further up the Mersey.

By Paul Blackburn

I thought this was RIBANW..not just showcasing Liverpool?

By Paul Iddon RIBA

Those black blocks buildings are growing on me. I live in Cheshire and work in Manchester. I visit Liverpool quite a lot these days (Liverpool one and Albert dock) and think that Liverpool has the potential to be absolutely stunning on the eye.

Sort the grot spots and replace with modern architecture that blends in well with the old architecture. They have done wonders with the old docks but there is more that can be done; I guess if Liverpool waters takes off then this will be achieved. Pedestrianize the heritage areas; do you really need cars, buses, taxis clogging up this area! Also the Georgian areas surely more needs to be done to promote this area. Most tourists are not aware of this area,

By steven

Paul Iddon, it makes a nice change for the NW to mean Liverpool and not just Manchester for a change.


Yes, it does make a nice change, and Liverpool has such huge potential, this will surely benefit the whole of the North West!

By Paul Blackburn