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Neolithic homes planned for Stonehenge

English Heritage is planning to construct three, life-sized Neolithic homes at Stonehenge in Wiltshire

The government’s heritage wing has issued a tender notice seeking a contractor for the £60,000 project which is part of a wider programme of improvements to the prehistoric monument.

Denton Corker Marshall’s £27 million Stonehenge visitor centre project is expected to complete its first phase next autumn.

Located in an external gallery, the faux-Neolithic structures are planned to ‘create a sense of prehistoric people using, working and living in the landscape’ – according to the notice.

Their design is expected to be based on excavations at nearby Durrington Walls.

The ‘interactive and experiential’ installations will be constructed from ‘authentic’ materials, the notice said. They will also furnish visitors with a ‘real and tangible’ link to the site’s 4,500-year past.  

Jesting the project was an excellent way to ‘kick start the housing industry’, Jerry Tate of Jerry Tate Architects asked whether the local authority would request one affordable unit to ensure ‘the new shacks are available to a wide range of Neolithic social backgrounds.’

Architectural author Herbert Wright suggested: ‘The Neolithic homes can serve as prototypes for housing when the global fossil-fuel economy goes bust.

He added: ‘Even sooner than that, we should extend wind-up radio technology to CCTV, then install an off-grid security system at Stonehenge.’

The deadline for requests to participate is 1 October.

Client contact details

Robert Campbell
English Heritage
29 Queen Square
Bristol
BS1 4ND
Tel: 07775003115

How to Apply

Contact robert.campbell@english-heritage.org.uk to express interest. Invitations to tender will be issed on 2 October and the closing date for receipt of tenders is 12pm on 30 October. Interviews take place during the week starting 11 November and a winner will be announced on 16 November.

 

 

 

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