Planning and delivering a new archive building or store or refurbishing an existing building can be a significant challenge. The National Archives facilitates a networking group, called MAPLE that enables organisations to share information about planning and managing such projects. We have also produced some basic guidance:

Planning a new record repository (PDF, 0.05Mb)

Services have also found the following sources useful:

Archive Buildings in the United Kingdom 1993 - 2005, Christopher Kitching, 2007

Benefits of Capital Investment in Archives

The Community Infrastructure Levy: advice note for culture, arts and planning professionals

Guidance Note on securing developer contributions for museum, library and archive facilities in the South East

ALMA-UK Economic Impact Toolkit for Museums and Archives

Designing Libraries

Culture and Sport Planning Toolkit

A simple guide to commissioning an architect is one of many resources on the Royal Institute of British Architects website. This guide includes the RIBA Outline Plan of Work which organises the process of managing, designing building projects and administering building contracts into a number of convenient work stages, A-L.

Relevant Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment case studies

British Library Centre for Conservation

Seven Stories

Ruskin Library, University of Lancaster

Anglesey Archives and Gwent Archives

Resources from The National Archives

Assessing environmental impact

Generating income

Archive Service Accreditation

Assessing and managing the risks of split site archive services (PDF, 0.40Mb)

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