Hunt begins for architect to overhaul Highcliffe Castle
Christchurch Borough Council is seeking a conservation architect to renovate Dorset’s Grade I-listed Highcliffe Castle
The winning team will conserve and restore the landmark building which was built in 1835 but fell into serious disrepair midway through the Twentieth Century.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project will create a new visitor centre, improve accessibility and reopen a wing of the castle which is currently derelict.
Designed by RIBA founding member William Donthorne, the house was built for Charles Stuart who had been a British Ambassador to France.
The Gothic Revival structure was badly damaged by fire in the 1960s and was bought by the local authority in 1977. Since then the building has been undergoing a phased restoration.
The winning team will be appointed up to RIBA stage C. The appointment will then be extended up to RIBA Stage L if funding is approved.
The contract is expected to be worth up to £180,000 and the deadline for requests to participate is 30 September.
How to apply
Mr A J Harman
Property and Engineering Services
Christchurch Borough Council
Civic Offices, Bridge Street
Tel: +44 1202495000
Fax: +44 1202495234