FCBStudios to lead £58m Liverpool museums transformation

23 January 2024
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  • Pic: Pete Carr. From L-R: Peter Clegg (FCBS), Kudzai Matsvai (UofL), Kossy Nnachetta (FCBS), Geoff Rich (FCBS) and Ilze Wolff (UofL)




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Design team appointed for Dr Martin Luther King Jr building & the Hartley Pavilion

Tenderstream member Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) has been appointed to progress redevelopment of the International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum in Liverpool. The firm will develop proposals for the Dr Martin Luther King Jr building and the Hartley Pavilion, which are set to be transformed as part of the area’s Waterfront Transformation Project spanning the area between the Royal Albert Dock and Mann Island.

The redevelopment will see the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building become a prominent new entrance to the International Slavery Museum, while also serving as a space for community collaboration, events, participation, and learning. The Hartley Pavilion will benefit from improved circulation for visitors with enhanced commercial facilities, including a shop, café and events spaces, alongside a dynamic temporary exhibition area.  

The transformed International Slavery Museum and Maritime Museum will centre people – past, present and future, local, national and international – to create dynamic, welcoming spaces that meaningfully address contemporary issues. Those whose lives have been most affected by the histories being told will play an integral role in the development of both museums. 

Ralph Appelbaum Associates, who were appointed in 2022, continue to lead on the exhibition design for both museums. FCBStudios will also be working with key members of the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, including Head of School, Professor Ola Uduku, and Professor Ilze Wolff, who is also founding partner of Wolff Architects, as well as EDI specialist, architectural designer, and PhD candidate Kudzai Matsvai.

The FCBStudios team will be led by partner Kossy Nnachetta, who stated: ‘[We] are excited and humbled by the invitation to join the NML team and to lead the architectural transformation of these museums. We understand that there is huge responsibility to help create a platform to tell this story, long whispered, yet still awaiting the space to fully express itself; and all the potent, deep-seated emotions it can elicit. We hope to help create something bold and yet beautiful. The result of "many hands" working together with the museums and communities in Liverpool.’

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 19.09.2023 here

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