Ipswich Museum Upgrade Advances: Tenders Invited by Borough Council

Ipswich Museum Upgrade Advances: Tenders Invited by Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council is thrilled to announce the official commencement of the tendering process for the highly anticipated Ipswich Museum redevelopment project. This landmark initiative represents a significant stride in the Council’s mission to rejuvenate and elevate the museum, positioning it as a world-class cultural destination.

The comprehensive redevelopment project is set to encompass extensive renovations, expansion, and the introduction of innovative exhibits, all designed to provide visitors with an immersive and enriching experience. With the completion of the decant process drawing near, the Council warmly invites capable contractors to submit tenders for the forthcoming construction phase of this exciting venture.

The construction phase itself will focus on restoring and refurbishing the iconic Grade II* listed Ipswich Museum. This restoration effort will not only enhance visitor facilities and accessibility through the installation of a new lift and leveled floors but will also preserve the museum’s original Victorian charm within the Natural History Gallery.

Looking ahead to the next phase of this endeavour, we anticipate issuing a second round of tenders for the gallery exhibition installation in the coming year. This phase will bring to life the carefully crafted designs showcasing Ipswich’s extensive Museum collections, housing numerous items of exceptional international significance. While these designs are currently in the finalization stage, regular updates will be made available on the Council’s official website.

Councilor Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Museums, expressed her enthusiasm, stating, “This exciting project marks a significant improvement in the Museum’s facilities, ensuring better access for all. We are committed to restoring Ipswich Museum’s architectural beauty to its former glory while preserving the significant Victorian fabric and fittings within the Natural History Gallery. Moreover, we aim to enhance the building’s fabric and environmental performance. By creating additional exhibition spaces, we will proudly display more of our collections, ensuring that our beloved Museum remains a captivating destination for years to come.”

Interested parties seeking comprehensive tender details are encouraged to visit Suffolk Sourcing at www.suffolksourcing.uk.

The Ipswich Museum redevelopment project is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Ipswich Borough Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Friends of Ipswich Museum, and various other Trusts and Foundations with a vested interest in local heritage and museum services. Funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

The estimated project costs stand at approximately £8.7 million, with Ipswich Museum scheduled to reopen its doors to the public in 2025.

For additional information about the Ipswich Museum redevelopment project, please visit www.ipswichmuseum.co.uk.

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