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.