Monmouthshire Museums is looking for a team to design a £120,000 events pavilion at Abergavenny Castle in Wales
The winning team will draw up plans for a ‘traditional’ timber-framed structure next to the Grade I-listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument, which was first constructed in the late 11th century and later reduced to ruins during the English Civil War.
The 200m² project, planned to start on site in 2018, will deliver a sustainable and low-maintenance pavilion with capacity for 150 people seated or 300 standing. The pavilion will host concerts, performances, markets, weddings, birthday parties and corporate events and is intended to generate revenue for Monmouthshire Museums and Monmouthshire County Council.
In its competition brief, Monmouthshire Museums says: ‘We are looking to create an outdoor structure at Abergavenny Castle that allows the museums service to run income generating events that will contribute to the financial resilience and sustainability of the museums service.
‘As a non-statutory council-run service Monmouthshire Museums are in need of generating significant income so we can remain open and able to deliver key cultural services to our communities. Running profitable low risks events at the castle is central to this.’
Abergavenny Castle was first constructed by the Norman lord Hamelin de Balun in about 1087. It occupies a prominent site overlooking the River Usk in the south of the historic Welsh market town. It was reduced to ruins by Charles I to prevent it being occupied by the Roundheads during the English Civil War. Today only parts of the castle walls and a nearby 19th-century lodge survive.
Proposals are expected to harness an oak or similar timber structure ‘of post and beam construction, with rafters and purlins, with mortice and tenon and dowelled joints with roof covering of slate or similar approved, to protect from weather conditions.’
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 14 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Monmouthshire County Council
PO Box 106
Tel: +44 1633644644