Aberglasney House seeks architect for education centre
The Aberglasney Restoration Trust is on the hunt for an architect to create a £1 million gardening training centre in Carmarthenshire, Wales
The Heritage Lottery Fund-backed (HLF) project will transform a ruined, Grade II*-listed piggery at historic Aberglasney House into a teaching centre for school children and students with learning disabilities.
A new traditional greenhouse is also planned as part of the project which aims to inspire and train a ‘new generation of gardeners’.
Commenting on the HLF’s initial support in February, Aberglasney head gardener Joseph Atkin said: ‘Essentially we’re hoping to create our own “miniature college” where we’ll be able to teach all of the skills that go into making a heritage garden like Aberglasney great.’
He continued: ‘As well as teaching students heritage methods of gardening, we’re planning that the buildings will also house a nursery for propagating plants that I hope will make Aberglasney almost self-sufficient.’
The medieval house was originally home to a welsh prince and was significantly remodelled in the Queen Anne style during the eighteenth century. The property became disused shortly after the Second World War and was transferred to the Aberglasney Restoration Trust in 1995.
The architect-led team will be expected to provide technical input on structural engineering, mechanical and electrical design, drainage design, CDM coordination and quantity surveying.
Applicants must tender for a full RIBA stage A to L service broken down into three clearly defined phases.
Phase one will cover RIBA Stage A to C while phase two comprises RIBA Stage D and the third phase will go from RIBA Stage E to L.
The client reserves the right to abandon phases two and three which are dependent on HLF approval.
A five strong shortlist will be invited to tender following the completion of pre-qualification questionnaires.
The deadline for requests to participate is 28 May.
How to apply
View the tender notice online
Aberglasney Restoration Trust