An opening date has been confirmed for Liverpool waterfront’s long-awaited RIBA North attraction.
The Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) new architectural centre will open at Mann Island, featuring exhibitions, talks, tours, a café and a shop.
From 17 June visitors will be able to explore the site’s City Gallery, learning about Liverpool in the past, present and future as well as the processes involved in urban development and the evolution of the built environment.
A 3D interactive Digital City Model of Liverpool and the surrounding area will also be on display, and can be used by developers, architects and planners to host public consultations, anticipate the impact of future development and encourage the best design approaches.
Temporary exhibitions will also be showcased at the new venue, starting with the previously announced ‘Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker’ display, featuring 30 restored drawings, models wand watercolour works from the RIBA Collections – many of which have never been seen before.
Supported by a £67,000 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant, the exhibition will include un-built proposals for the city’s cathedrals and a bold 1960s vision for a new skyline.
Ahead of the opening Jane Duncan, RIBA president, says: “We are delighted to open RIBA North, a new national architecture centre for the UK, this summer. We are particularly proud to strengthen our cultural and creative offering in the north of England, and to enable many more people to explore and understand the enormous impact that architecture and design has on all our lives.
“At RIBA North, we have a building with museum conditions which will offer a magnificent opportunity to view RIBA’s world-renowned historic collections showing hundreds of years of the UK’s extraordinary architectural history.
“We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund which has provided a grant for the opening exhibition, enabling us to restore 30 Liverpool items from our collections, which will be on public display for the first time. RIBA North would also not be possible without the generous and ongoing support from Broadway Malyan.”