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The search is on for an architect to deliver designs for a £250million world class music centre in the heart of the Square Mile. City Matters reported in January how the Corporation had revived plans to bring a new cultural hub to the City by signing off on a £2.5m...

The search is on for an architect to deliver designs for a £250million world class music centre in the heart of the Square Mile.

City Matters reported in January how the Corporation had revived plans to bring a new cultural hub to the City by signing off on a £2.5m business plan.

Now the opportunity to create the conceptual blueprints for a ‘Centre for Music’ at 150 London Wall – currently home of the Museum of London, itself due for relocation to West Smithfields – has been put out to tender.

“Acoustic and visual excellence” are both mentioned in the notice, put forward by the authority last week.

The project, backed by the Barbican Centre, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, is worth up to £12m in fees should planning permission go through.

Lord Mayor Dr Andrew Parmley, himself a keen musician, said: “We support the ambitious plans for a Centre for Music at the heart of the City, one of the finest cultural hubs in the world.

“This vibrant area has supported creativity and innovation to flourish across every sector and helped secure London’s position as the pre-eminent financial centre.

“Visually striking, acoustically perfect and open to all, a new Centre for Music – facing St Paul’s Cathedral, Millennium Bridge and the Tate Modern – would be an important investment in the strength of the Square Mile and our neighbouring communities.”

Meanwhile, the City’s new policy chair, Catherine McGuinness, described the latest stage of proposals as an “important step” towards the transformation of the area.

“Culture, open and available to everyone, attracts people to work in, live in, and visit the Square Mile,” she said.

“We want to keep this vision at the heart of the City experience.”

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