The BFI has received an unsolicited approach from an anonymous donor with an offer to fund and provide full services for the design, build and partial fit-out of a new cultural venue.
The donor has offered £87m towards the £130m total project cost.
The new International Centre for Film, TV and the Moving Image is set to be built on London’s South Bank, on the existing Hungerford Car Park site. The aim is to have it open to the public in 2022.
The new centre will have three cinemas, an education and research centre, gallery space and presentations of the BFI National Archive.
Initial expressions of interest from contractors are required by 27th June 2016. The procurement documents are available for full direct access at: http://www.bfi.org.uk/about-bfi/business-services/selling-bfi
Two men who have both been tipped to be the next James Bond shared their thoughts.
Night Manager Tom Hiddleston said: “I believe this is the most exciting cultural development to happen in the UK for some time. All the major art-forms in Britain quite correctly have national homes except one: film. British film – the tradition which has created and produced so much extraordinary talent both in front of and behind the camera – needs a national home, and the BFI is the organisation to build it.”
Luther himself, Idris Elba, said: “It’s time we had a proper national home worthy of this 21st century art-form, and I’m excited for all of the brilliant opportunities this will bring.”