Arts and Culture

Specialist advisers for creative businesses

GVA has in-depth experience with publicly funded, charitable and commercial artistic organisations. We work on a broad range of projects from major national galleries to small independent arts centres.

Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, Project management

Acuity, Arts & Culture team were Lead Consultant, Project Manager and Contract Administrator for the redevelopment of this £13 million construction, totaling 4,750 sq m. We created a BREEAM Excellent, natural ventilated 400 seat flexible auditorium, bars, restaurant, community, rehearsal and production workshop spaces. GVA Acuity contributed to strategic advice, feasibility study, procurement advice, acquisition of freehold and site assembly support. The project received a national RIBA award and is amongst the six projects shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014. Contact Chris Dumas.

Museum of the order of St John, London, Project management

The museum of the order of St John is housed inside the gate of a grade I listed building in Clerkenwell and comprises a learning centre, collections study centre and four galleries. We were appointed to project manage the removal of the existing modern roof and replace it with a new double height glass ceiling to provide the visitor with an uninterrupted view of the original Tudor brickwork. The project involved liaising with HLF to pass two stages, firstly to procure and manage design, the second to continue to procure and manage works to completion. Mike Cook led this project whilst with Cultural Innovations prior to joining GVA Acuity. Contact Mike Cook. GVA Acuity.

Natural History Museum, London, Project management

Appointed over a four year period to provide project management services on a variety of jobs including managing the refurbishment of the temporary Diamonds exhibition gallery, combining two galleries within this grade I listed building into one. We managed the refurbishment of all three café/ restaurants. We developed the Attenborough studio, a landmark state-of-the-art and collections facility within the Darwin Centre Phase 2. Now a fully automated 75 seat, digital live presentation theatre with broadcast and video-conference facilities. Mike Cook led this project whilst with Cultural Innovations prior to joining GVA Acuity. Contact Mike Cook. GVA Acuity.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Project management

Project management services were provided for this £6 million project, for temporary exhibitions over a three year period from design process through to opening. The series of exhibitions were either two or three gallery shows, occupying 1300 or 1800 sq m respectively. Mike Cook led this project whilst with Cultural Innovations prior to joining GVA Acuity. Contact Mike Cook. GVA Acuity.

Wales Millennium Centre, Project management

The Wales Millennium Centre is the first national cultural installation to be built in Wales in over 50 years. A world class destination, it is home to seven of Wales’ leading arts and cultural organisations. The project involved eight months of a two stage procurement process including design and development processes, strategic advice, procurement options Employer’s agent advice, commercial cost management and quantity surveying. Contact Mike Cook.

The O2 - British Music Experience, London, Project management

The experience provided 1,900 sq m of interactive display cases and other media – based interactives, located within the O2’s Bubble exhibition space. Project management services were provided including managing the programme, cost reporting, procurement and implantation of base build infrastructure and exhibition fit out. Mike Cook led this project whilst with Cultural Innovations prior to joining GVA Acuity. Contact Mike Cook. GVA Acuity.

Titanic Belfast, Business consultancy

Titanic Belfast is a state-of-the-art visitor attraction that opened in April 2012 in time to mark the RMS Titanic’s centenary. It forms part of a £5 billion redevelopment of Belfast’s waterfront known as the Titanic Quarter. GVA’s business consultancy arm GVA RGA provide ongoing advisory services to Titanic Belfast in preparation for its opening and to assist the project in its first full year. Contact Max Gaunt.

Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust, Project management

Provision of new façade, entrance, foyer, café and bars and new studio to this grade 1 listed Georgian theatre to improve the commercial viability. Following an initial role procuring the professional team GVA Acuity was appointed in late 2013 as project manager and employer’s agent. Designed by Haworth Tompkins, Planning Consent was secured early in 2014. Contact Mike Cook. GVA Acuity.

Theatre of Comedy Company, Project management

Provides a new fly-tower over the stage-house of this Grade ll listed building, increasing office and dressing room space, but principally increasing the stage hanging capacity. To minimize loss of income works were phased. Groundwork, refurbishment and access improvements and installation of steelwork within the stage-house were completed in two short dark periods. Contact Mike Cook. GVA Acuity.

The Arts Council England (ACE), Business consultancy

GVA RGA selected by ACE to join their consultancy framework agreement for the Sustain programme – a strategic and practical response to the pressures that key arts clients experienced as a result of the recession. ACE allocated at least £40 million in grants for Sustain. We were selected because of our experience of both the subsidised cultural and commercial hospitality sectors and our successful track record. Contact Richard Gaunt.

Centre for the Moving Image, Business consultancy

The Centre for the Moving Image (CMI) is a registered charity incorporating Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Filmhouse and the Edinburgh Film Guild. GVA RGA was asked to prepare an initial feasibility study for the development and establishment of the CMI. Contact Max Gaunt.