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Design teams for Roman Gateway project, Carlisle

Proposals are sought from suitability qualified and experienced design teams to progress the detailed design and delivery of the Roman Gateway project at Tullie House, Carlisle

Name, addresses and contact point(s):

Carlisle City Council, Civic Centre, Rickergate, Attn: Mr M. Mark, UK-Carlisle CA3 8QG. Tel.  +44 1228-817353. E-mail:


Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Raising the Game - Roman Gateway - Tullie House.

Main place of performance: County of Cumbria.

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Proposals are sought from suitability qualified and experienced design teams to progress the detailed design and delivery of the Roman Gateway project at Tullie House.
The project comprises the creation of a spectacular new 400 m2 Roman Gallery within Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery that will recreate life in Roman Carlisle and along the Wall.

Concept design has been developed by Redman Design to RIBA Stage C and is based around five narrative themes:
1. On the Edge of Europe’s Largest Empire - This first theme conveys the size and variety of the Roman Empire and the position of Carlisle at its very edge.
2. The Dynamic Frontier - demonstrating how the area changed over its period of Roman occupation i.e. consolidation of the frontier, rebuilding of the wall in stone.
3. Britain as an Imperial Province - The experience of living in the military zone of Roman Britain.
4. Real Life in Roman Carlisle - This is where human interest stories will be told.
5. The Living Wall - modern stories around empire and frontiers will be told with connections to the previous Roman themes.

The gallery will use a variety of interpretation techniques and resources from graphic panels to audio, moving images and hands-on activities.

The project will be complemented by public realm works and interpretation on and adjacent to Hadrian’s Wall Path. Concept designs for this element have been developed by Landscape Architects TEP.

Total quantity or scope:

The commission is to take forward the design of the gallery building on the work undertaken by Redman Design and progress the project through RIBA stages D to L i.e. detailed design, procurement of contractor/s & supervision of works on site and acting as the client’s representative.

It is imperative that the team includes all the necessary resources and expertise to research and develop the interpretation themes and storylines, produce interpretation approaches and text appropriate to different audiences, produce a quality detailed design, obtain all necessary consents, procure and appoint all necessary building/installation contractor(s), administer the installation contract(s), manage the budget and successfully complete the project.
Estimated value excluding VAT:
Range: between 1 000 000,00 and 1 200 000,00 GBP.

Duration of the contract or time-limit for completion:

Starting: 4.1.2010. Completion: 1.6.2010.

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 23.11.2009 - 12:00.
Payable documents: no.

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate:

18.12.2009 - 12:00.

Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates:

Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up:


Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender:

Duration in month(s): 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender).

Conditions for opening tenders:

Date: 18.12.2009 - 12:00.
Place: Civic Centre, Carlisle, Cumbria, UK.
Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes.
The Mayor of The City of Carlisle Council.

Key objectives of the project are:
1. Establish Carlisle as the must-see, world class gateway to the western and central sections of Hadrian’s Wall
2. To create a gallery of major significance at Tullie House that meets the needs of local audiences but also delivers as an international tourist attraction, generating new and additional visits for the city, the Wall and the region.
In a broader context the interpretation for the Gallery must lie within the overall Hadrian’s Wall Interpretation Framework which is being developed for the whole World Heritage Site by Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Limited. This framework is in development and the most recent version will be attached to the Tender documenatation.
Carlisle Renaissance is currently commissioning the preparation of an interpretation framework to set out the principle interpretation themes and story lines for the City’s heritage offer. The appointed consultants will be expected to take account of the emerging findings of the interpretation framework project and to work with the consultants appointed to carry out this work.

Date of dispatch of this notice:


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