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Hadrian’s Wall visitor centre contest opens

[Expressions of interest to be received by 19 July] The Northumberland National Park Authority is seeking architectural design services for a £5.7 million visitor centre and youth hostel at the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site

The project is part of a £10.5 million investment drive, known as the The Sill, which aims to increase opportunities for visitor participation across the park, with the visitor centre’s successful applicant to receive £300,000 in design fees.

Sustainability consultancy, civil and structural engineering and management services are also called for in separate lots.

Readers' comments (4)

  • What a great opportunity for a new, young or small practice with interesting ideas-hang on just checked the OJEU (!), BIM obligatory and proof of previous usage and software details, project specific warranties required, 3-5 examples of "new-build with a heritage context"

    And thats just on the last page

    All this for a £300.000 project. talk about overkill. No wonder the best and brightest will stick to winning work in Europe and beyond.





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  • We would love to have a crack at this one but sadly I agree with Andrew (above) - where are the RIBA on this issue? Are they in conversation with the government on the economics of procurement? Perhaps there should be an OJEU light for professional services on construction projects of less than £1m?

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  • Kieran Gaffney

    Well said Andrew Budd. Everything was looking good on the project, all the rights words and approach until the BIM requirements.

    £300K is a small house size why on earth is BIM and 3+ examples a requirement for this?

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  • Kieran Gaffney

    *EDIT*
    I contacted the organisers and this project value is not £300K but £5.7M, misleading notice and AJ might want to alter wording above but it appears the architects fees are £300K.

    Obviously BIM is sensible at £6M scale.

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