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Charity seeks architect for Calderstones House restoration

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The Reader Organisation is recruiting an architect to restore the Grade II-listed Calderstones House near Liverpool

The project will refurbish the 1828 Neoclassical landmark and create new facilities for the charity which promotes shared reading.

According to the brief: ‘The Reader will transform Calderstones Grade II-listed mansion house into an international flagship project for shared reading, a model reading community.

‘This is for everyone; we want people from the local area, the wider city of Liverpool, the rest of the UK and beyond to read, learn, play, make new friends and find new opportunities here.’

The 40ha Calderstones Park estate was originally built for lead-shot manufacturer Joseph Need Walker, but sold to Liverpool City Council in 1902 and transformed into a park.

Calderstones House was then used as parks department offices before being transformed into a café. The building was finally leased to The Reader Organisation three years ago.

Since taking over the building, the charity has created a café and reopened a gallery space for local artists. Last year, the client also converted a barn and stable block on the estate into a new children’s interactive story centre known as the ‘story barn’ and an ice cream parlour.

The latest project, scheduled to complete in 2017, will restore the historic house and a nearby open-air theatre designed by one-time Liverpool city architect Lancelot Keay.

The Neolithic Calderstones, which formerly occupied the site and are currently located in a closed glasshouse, will meanwhile be repositioned for public display.

Originally part of a tomb dated to between 2800 and 2000 BC, the sandstone objects feature distinctive spirals, concentric circles and cup marks similar to Ireland’s Newgrange monument.

Cass Associates won planning permission to restore the building early last year. Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the estimated £174,000 contract.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 12 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Craig Bentley
The Reader Organisation
Mansion House
Calderstones Park
L18 3JB

Tel: +44 1517292200
Email: craigbentley@thereader.org.uk 

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