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To celebrate 200 years since our foundation in 1824, we are planning a programme of inspirational exhibitions and outreach around the country and around the world, under the banner NG200. This will also include the completion of an initial phase of works to our Trafalgar Square buildings in order to improve the ‘welcome’ we provide to our millions of visitors we receive each year.

A new welcome for a new chapter in our history

The brief for the project includes sensitive interventions to the Grade I listed Sainsbury Wing to reconfigure the ground floor entrance and upgrade the visitor amenities, creating new spaces that will provide a welcome experience befitting a world-class institution and that meets the expectations of visitors now and in the future.

A research resource for all

A new Research Centre, likely housed in the historic Wilkins Building, will support our vision of becoming a world leader in research into historic painting, and communicate our work as a global thought leader by creating a powerful resource for studies into art history, digital humanities, conservation, and heritage science. It will be a resource for everyone interested in studying art, from young people to international academics.

Reimagining our connection to Trafalgar Square

The successful team will also be asked to reimagine the public realm immediately outside the Sainsbury Wing and along the northern edge of Trafalgar Square to improve the presence of the building in its context and create a more attractive and enjoyable setting for visitors and the public.

Underpinning the brief is the desire to create healthy, sustainable, and accessible spaces and an environment that is open and inclusive where visitors can relax as they plan their visit to one of the world’s finest art collections.

Following a year of unprecedented challenges due to Covid-19, we want to build on our strength, inventiveness and relevance to play a vital role in the nation’s recovery story.

Design team wanted

Design team appointed

A team led by Selldorf Architects has been selected to work on a suite of capital projects to mark our bicentenary, with an initial phase to be completed in 2024.

Selldorf Architects’ team also includes Purcell, Vogt Landscape, Arup, AEA Consulting, Pentagram, Kaizen and Kendrick Hobbs.

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Six design teams shortlisted

We shortlisted six design teams in our search for a partner to work with on a suite of capital projects to mark our bicentenary. 

The shortlisted teams were:

  • Asif Khan with AKT II, Atelier Ten, Bureau Veritas, Donald Insall Associates, Donald Hyslop, Gillespies, Joseph Henry, Kenya Hara, and Plan A Consultants
  • Caruso St John Architects with Arup, Alan Baxter, muf architecture/​art and Alliance CDM
  • David Chipperfield Architects with Publica, Expedition, Atelier Ten, iM2 and Plan A Consultants
  • David Kohn Architects with Max Fordham, Price & Myers, Purcell and Todd Longstaffe‐Gowan
  • Selldorf Architects with Purcell, Vogt Landscape Architects, Arup and AEA Consulting
  • Witherford Watson Mann Architects with Price and Myers, Max Fordham, Grant Associates, Purcell and David Eagle Ltd

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The selection process

The selection of a design team took place in two stages.

  1. The first was an open, international call for architect-led, multi-disciplinary design teams to register their interest and demonstrate the relevant skills and experience.
  2. A shortlist of teams was then asked to submit details of their approach to the design and delivery of the project and were interviewed by a selection panel.

No design was asked for and some expenses were paid to the shortlisted teams.

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