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Competition: Auld Kirk of Cullen

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The North East Scotland Preservation Trust is recruiting a conservation architect for a £300,000 restoration of Moray’s Category A-listed Auld Kirk of Cullen

The winning conservation architect and design team will develop a programme of repairs and upgrades for the historic church which once served the abandoned weaving settlement of Old Cullen and dates from the early 13th century.

LDN Architects has previously developed the project to RIAS stage 2.

In its brief, the trust says: ‘The Auld Kirk of Cullen is a Category A-listed building that is thought to date from the early 13th century. It has been well looked after and maintained by the congregation but now needs a programme of repairs and upgrading to give it a sustainable future.

‘In 2016 the church commissioned LDN Architects to undertake a full strategic study of the Auld Kirk to identify and cost a programme of repairs to the fabric and an upgrading of facilities and access. The work includes a major overhaul of the roofs, repointing of the walls both externally and internally, drainage works, new heating system and disabled toilet, etc.’

The building is just outside the coastal resort of Cullen, a former royal burgh in Moray on Scotland’s north coast. The village features a large beach overlooking the north sea and is a popular holiday destination.

The Auld Kirk of Cullen is a historic church thought to have been constructed in 1236. The building served nearby Cullen House and the former settlement of Old Cullen, and is thought to contain the organs of Robert the Bruce’s wife who died nearby.

The latest project aims to restore and upgrade the Category A-listed landmark. Submissions will be evaluated 40 per cent on quality, 50 per cent on previous experience and 10 per cent on cost.

Applications may include up to eight A4 pages detailing methodology, team composition and fees. Bidders must hold professional indemnity insurance of £1 million and public liability insurance worth £1 million.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 12 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Paul Higson
North East Scotland Preservation Trust
Viewmount, Arduthie Road
AB39 2DQ

Tel: +44 7831580165
Email: info@nespt.org 

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