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£4m design competition launched for WWII spy base

Bletchley Park is hunting for architects to revamp a series of brick and wooden huts at the historic code breaking museum in Buckinghamshire

Project managers The Prince’s Regeneration Trust issued a tender notice for the £4 million job last week and plan to be at planning stage within a year.

Rosie Fraser, commercial director at the trust said: ‘The wooden huts have suffered a lot from lack of investment so now we are looking at repairing and restoring them and using them as an interpretation space.’

The competition is open to small and large practices according to the trust. ‘We’re very much looking to reproduce the 1940s feel,’ she said.

The project will improve the museum and increase visitor numbers. Currently 80,000 people a year visit the once secret base where Alan Turing broke the enigma code.

In March 2009 Milton Keynes council awarded the base vital funding needed for repairs.

The trust is also working with Levitt Bernstein on improvements to Margate Scenic railway and Purcell Miller Tritton on renovation of the Old Duchy at Lostwithiel, Cornwall.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 24 March.

For information contact: Roland Jeffery, project manager on +44 2074626440 or

Readers' comments (1)

  • The 'Small Practices' reference is a joke. The PQQ Calls for £5million of PI cover for any one claim.

    HOW! can any small practice compete for these jobs? I assume the shortlist has already been drawn up as it also asks that 70% of a practices work should also be in the same sector... that narrows it down!

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