Building work on the long-awaited photography gallery at London’s Science Museum is due to start in March, Amateur Photographer has learnt.

The National Museum of Science and Industry is inviting contractors to apply for the ?Science Museum Media Space Enabling Works? which will involve ?reconfiguration? of four existing galleries on the second floor of the South Kensington museum.

The three-month contract, effective from 30 March, will also entail ?demolition of existing walls and removal of existing steel mezzanine structure?, according to an online contracts finder service, details of which have been published on the British photographic history website.

The work will also involve removal of an existing false ceiling.

A deadline date of 10 February has been set to apply for the work which is expected to last until ?06/07/2012?.

The gallery, due to open in 2013, is expected to include space for workshops as well as exhibitions.

It is backed by the National Media Museum in Bradford, West Yorkshire (pictured) which wants to create a London presence.

As of October 2011, the NMM had spent £405,835 on the project which is expected to cost more than £4m, according to a report by the British Journal of Photography.

A NMM spokesman had yet to respond to a comment request at the time of writing.