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Architect sought for £4.9m national clock making centre

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The British Horological Institute (BHI) is seeking a conservation architect for a new £4.9 million training centre for clock-makers near Newark-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire

Planned to complete in 2018, the project will transform a stable block and glasshouse at BHI’s Grade II*-listed Upton Hall headquarters (pictured) into a new National Centre for Horology.

Featuring workshop spaces, classrooms, offices and a display of items from BHI’s historical collections – the facility will combat a national shortage of horologists by doubling the institute’s overall student capacity.

A new glazed entrance atrium will also be created to Upton Hall’s West Wing which will be restored and transformed into a new venue for weddings and other commercial events.

Set up in 1858 to protect Britain’s clock making industry from overseas competition, the institute maintains a code of practice and set of standard examinations for horologists.

The institute has occupied the 1832 William John Donthorn-designed Greek Revival building – which features a library, museum and display of antique grandfather clocks – since 1972.

The winner of the estimated £130,000 contract will initially develop the scheme from RIBA Stage 2 to 3 and will then deliver the project if funding is approved.

[The deadline for requests to participate is 1pm on 5 January]

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Sally Martin
Deputy Office Manager
Focus Consultants
Focus House
Millennium Way West
Phoenix Business Park

Tel: 0115 9765050
Email: sally.martin@focus-consultants.com




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