Venue due to move into new site in 2026

The race to build the new Museum of London being planned in Farringdon has narrowed to two firms.

Over the summer, Mace, Lendlease and Sir Robert McAlpine returned bids for the deal which is being let as a construction management job.

Museum of London West Smithfield

The scheme has been designed by Stanton Williams

But it is understood Mace is no longer in the race leaving a shootout between Lendlease and McAlpine. A winner is expected later this autumn.

The £332m Museum of London project is being designed by Stanton Williams, Asif Khan and Julian Harrap Architects.

Last year, Keltbray won the first major phase of construction, including enabling and demolition work, at the West Smithfield site, home to a cluster of former Smithfield Market buildings.

The museum, currently based in a 1970s building at London Wall, is due to close its doors at the end of this year and will reopen in 2026 at its new address when it will be known as the London Museum.

Consultants working on the scheme include QS Gardiner & Theobald, project manager Buro Four, engineer Arup and structures firm AKT II.