Council invites tenders for the next phase of Museum Redevelopment

Published22nd September 2023

The Council is pleased to announce the start of the tendering process for the highly anticipated museum redevelopment project. Marking a significant milestone in the Council's efforts to revitalise and transform the museum into a world-class cultural hub. 

The redevelopment project, which will encompass extensive renovations, expansion, and the introduction of innovative exhibits, aims to create an immersive and educational experience for visitors. With the decant process near completion, the Council are now inviting contractors to submit their tenders for the construction phase of this exciting project.

The construction phase will repair and refurbish the landmark Grade II* listed Ipswich Museum, improving facilities and access for visitor with a new lift and level floors, whilst retaining the original Victorian atmosphere of the Natural History Gallery.

Next year will see a second round of tenders for the gallery exhibition installation. This phase will see the realisation of the designs for the exhibiting Ipswich’s extensive Museum collections, which contains many items of outstanding international significance. These designs are still being finalised, and when ready updates will be available on the Council’s website.

Councillor Carole Jones, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Planning and Museums, says:

“This exciting project will see the Museum’s facilities improved with better access for all. The architectural beauty of Ipswich Museum will be restored to its former glory as we preserve the significant Victorian fabric and fittings in the Natural History Gallery, as well as improving the fabric of the building and its environmental performance.

“We will be opening up spaces to exhibit more of our collections, ensuring that our much-loved Museum will be a wonderful place to visit for years to come.”

Interested parties can obtain full tender details by visiting the Suffolk Sourcing website.

The redevelopment is being funded thanks to a collaboration between Ipswich Borough Council, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Friends of Ipswich Museum and various other Trusts and Foundations with an interest in local heritage and museum services.  Funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been made possible thanks to National Lottery players.

Project costs are in the region of £8.7m, with Ipswich Museum set to re-open in 2025. 

More details about the Ipswich Museum redevelopment project can be found at:

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