Bird College – Dance, Music & Theatre Performance

Sponsor: RIBA
Type: Expressions of interest
Location: London
Language: English
Fee: £50
Eligibility: Expressions of Interest are invited from architect‐led teams, which should also include the services of a structural engineer, M&E engineer and quantity surveyor. Other specialists including landscape architects, acousticians and theatre consultants may also be proposed at this stage.
7 October 2011 – Registration deadline to obtain specification documents
12 October 2011 – Deadline for receipt of PQQs & Expressions of Interest
17 October 2011 – Appraisal of Pre‐Qualification Questionnaires and Expression of Interest documents
10 November 2011 – Short‐listing assessment meeting
14 November 2011 – Shortlist notified
16 November 2011 – Stage 2 Design Brief issued to shortlist
21 November 2011 – Group site visit & open briefing session for shortlist
28 November 2011 – Deadline to raise questions on the Brief
7 December 2011 – Memo issued in response to questions
11 January 2012 – Submission of design concepts
16 January 2012 – Review of design proposals
27 January 2012 – Final assessment (interviews)
30 January 2012 – Result, preferred team identified
6 Shortlisted teams – £5,000 each
Winning team awarded the commission
Geoff Pine – Chairman & Trustee of the Doreen Bird Foundation
Patrick Deuchar – Trustee of the Doreen Bird Foundation
Professor Anthony Bowne – Principal, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Shirley Coen – Principal and Chief Executive, Bird College
June Denton – Founder, VThree ltd.
Laura Lee – Chief Executive, Maggie’s Centres
Greg Penoyre – Senior Partner, Penoyre & Prasad LLP [acting as the RIBA Architect Adviser]
Design Challenge:

Expressions of Interest are sought from architect-led design teams with exceptional design skills for the redevelopment of  the facilities of Bird College, Sidcup. The College is currently based in buildings over three sites in residential Sidcup which are owned or leased by the Doreen Bird Foundation, and in order to accommodate increased student numbers, additional space is rented in other nearby facilities.  This provides a total of ~4,500m2 of accommodation and results in the College operating from six different places on a daily basis.  The College wishes to improve its facilities to match the best in the sector and create an exciting new teaching and learning resource for the benefit of students, staff and the wider community of Bexley.

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