Architects tendering for the project are invited to develop a bold and creative design concept that embraces the aesthetic and cultural diversity of the African continent and its diaspora and reflects a contemporary pan-African vision.
Interested firms are invited to express interest to project managers, Cambridge CM, after which a longlist of participants will be selected to proceed to the next stage in the process. The design brief and further details can be made available by emailing an expression of interest to Cambridge CM, at firstname.lastname@example.org from 2 April 2019.
The overall scheme was developed, with planning permission secured, in 2017 for work to the main four-storey building, known as Gunpowder House. In December 2018, the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund awarded £1.6 million towards the project, with the redevelopment representing a unique chance to create a new hub for the African and diaspora community and for all those interested in African and diaspora culture and heritage.
The Africa Centre is particularly interested to consider input from a range of creative voices and influences that will inform a pan-African aesthetic in areas such as: interior design, furniture and fittings, signage, graphic identity. It encourages a design approach that recognises culturally specific behaviours and sensibilities, and how these can positively inform not only the look and feel of the building, but also the user experience.
For Architect firms that have submitted expressions of interest, The Africa Centre will host a daytime open briefing on Tuesday 16th April, to give further insight into The Africa Centre’s future plans, a tour of the site and to answer any questions.
Following the move from its historic Covent Garden location to its new home in Southwark, this capital project comes at a pivotal moment of development for The Africa Centre, with a new permanent Director, a new team, new Trustees, and a major capital development, of which Gunpowder House forms part.
With a rich legacy stretching over six decades, The Africa Centre serves as a cultural hub that celebrates the diversity of Africa and its diaspora. It does this by promoting creativity and innovation in African thought, art, culture, business and entrepreneurship; its vision is of a contemporary 21st century Africa – vibrant, global and seated at the table.