The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban is on the hunt for an architect to design a new £1.5 million visitor centre
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The new building is part of a major redevelopment programme which will boost awareness of the historic church’s 1,700-year history.
The winning architect will design a new welcome centre and transform the chapter house into a new learning and volunteering space.
Exterior spaces will also need to be redesigned to improve pedestrian and vehicular access.
The church was built on the burial of Alban – Britain’s first Christian matyr. The ancient structure is thought to be Britain’s first Christian shrine and the country’s longest serving centre of Christian worship.
The project will create a new exhibition focussing on the unique history of the church which currently receives 160,000 visitors a year.
The cathedral has received a £390,000 grant to develop the scheme over the next two years. A full Heritage Lottery Fund application is expected in 2016.
A quantity surveyor, mechanical and electrical services engineer, structural engineer, exhibition designer, audience development consultant, business plan advisor and maintenance planner are being tendered in separate lots.
The deadline for applications is 10 September.
How to apply
View the tender notice for more information
Cragg Management Services Ltd (Project Managers)
The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban
Tel: +44 444880344
Architect sought for St Albans Cathedral visitor centre