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Architect sought for Alice Holt Forest café

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The Forestry Commission is on the hunt for an architect to deliver a new £1 million café and cycle centre at Alice Holt Forest in Hampshire

The winning team will develop detailed designs for the new café which will be constructed as an extension to an existing visitor centre (pictured).

Detailed designs have already been developed for the cycle centre which will occupy existing buildings within the ancient oak forest.

The designs for both structures require further consultation with the client and local stakeholders before a final scheme is approved.

According to the brief: ‘The current café and cycle provision at Alice Holt has shown to be extremely popular, but has also shown to be limiting income levels due to capacity and layout.

‘The aim is to maximise the profitability, quality and delivery of the service, through effective and cost efficient building design.’

The new café is expected to feature increased serving and seating space, a larger kitchen and a minimum 10-year lifespan.

The cycle centre must meanwhile resolve existing cycle hire shortcomings and feature new hard and soft landscaping.

Alice Holt Forest is a royal park around six kilometres south of Farnham which supplied timber for Royal Navy ship building during the eighteen and nineteenth centuries.

The Forestry Commission took over management of the area in 1924.

The £100,000 contract includes preparing detailed designs and seeing both projects through to completion.

Services required may include project manager, mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, structural engineer, quantity surveyor, architect and CDM co-ordinator.

Construction is expected to start in May next year and complete by September.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 17 December.

How to apply

View the tender notice for more information

Contact details

Adam Godwin
Forestry Commission England
South England Forest District
The Queens House
SO43 7NH

Tel: 023 8028 3141
Email: adam.godwin@forestry.gsi.gov.uk





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  • They seem to have got this the wrong way round. They appear to have got planning permission with designs from a firm of project managers and now they want an architect to carry out the project management.

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