Eden District Council is recruiting a consultant to rethink the future of Appleby’s Grade II*-listed moot hall in Westmorland
The winner of the estimated £20,000 contract will complete an options appraisal for the landmark 1596 structure which hosts a tourist information centre along with Appleby Town Council’s meeting chamber and offices.
The project – part of a Heritage Action Zone initiative in Appleby – aims to restore the historic structure, upgrade facilities for interpreting the building’s heritage and provide more publicly-usable space.
According to the brief: ‘In order to undertake the repairs needed to the Moot Hall, applications for further funding will need to be made. Many funding streams will not fund ‘like for like’ repairs without the applicant demonstrating additional public benefit. An options appraisal is considered to be the best way to explore the potential for the Moot Hall and potential funding streams.
‘Up to six options are required including a “do nothing” option comprising layout designs, capital costs and potential revenue streams. This will be narrowed down to three alternatives, with more detail added, including potential funding sources, income creation opportunities and more specific, detailed costs.’
Appleby is a small town in Cumbria on the banks of the River Eden with a population of around 3,000 people. Notable landmarks include the Grade I-listed Appleby Castle which was constructed for Ranulf le Meschin in the 12th century.
The town’s moot hall was constructed as a meeting place for the local council during the late sixteenth century. The structure features a meeting chamber, mayor’s parlour and offices on its first floor.
The ground floor meanwhile features a tourist information centre, an accessible toilet and two retail units. The latest project aims to restore the building while finding new ways to improve its heritage offer and public accessibility.
The winning team will explore several options before creating a development plan for the final selected option featuring a draft business plan, delivery plan and project costs.
The deadline for applications is 19 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Eden District Council
Tel: +44 1768212337