The Royal Institute of British Architects has set a date of 17 June for the opening of its long-awaited national architecture centre at Mann Island in Liverpool.
Plans for the 10,000 sq ft RIBA North facility at the Liverpool waterfront were first revealed in 2013, with an initial commitment to open in late 2014.
However, the scheme experienced early delays due to resourcing other projects, and then in the later stages suffered due to issues over the quality of the finish of the flooring, according to a statement from RIBA.
Last year RIBA announced it would open in August 2016, a deadline it missed.
Broadway Malyan is the architect, ISG is the contractor. RBH Properties is the landlord, having bought the commercial units from Mann Island developer Neptune.
No images have been released of the centre.
RIBA North is set to include the City Gallery, a space for visitors to learn more about Liverpool’s past, present and future, as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment.
RIBA North’s City Gallery includes a digital city model, an interactive 3d model which tells a variety of stories about Liverpool and the surrounding area. It is also a professional tool, which can be used by developers, architects and planners to host public consultations, anticipate the impact of future development, and encourage the best design approaches.
Alongside this permanent display, RIBA North will host a programme of temporary exhibitions and offer the opportunity to view historic RIBA collections.
The opening exhibition is due to be ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker’, which celebrates Liverpool’s architectural history, and is funded by a £67,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Jane Duncan, RIBA president, said: “We are delighted to open RIBA North, a new national architecture centre for the UK, this summer. We are particularly proud to strengthen our cultural and creative offering in the North of England, and to enable many more people to explore and understand the enormous impact that architecture and design has on all our lives.
“At RIBA North, we have a building with museum conditions which will offer a magnificent opportunity to view RIBA’s world-renowned historic collections showing hundreds of years of the UK’s extraordinary architectural history.”