Sefton Council is on the hunt for a conservation architect-led multi-disciplinary team to regenerate the Grade II-listed Bootle Town Hall
The winner of the £80,000 contract will draw up plans to repair, refurbish and re-model the 1882 complex and its neighbouring library and museum located on Oriel Road in the centre of the historic Merseyside town.
The 1 hectare project will transform the J Johnson-designed landmark into a new integrated civic hub and cultural centre featuring improved accessibility, circulation and public facilities. The upgrade is part of a £100 million masterplan to regenerate Bootle drawn up by Lambert Smith Hampton.
According to the brief: ‘This project will ensure the town hall remains the civic focus of Bootle and also deliver a new cultural offer that will be sustainable and manageable over the long term.
‘This will be achieved by refurbishing the fabric of two historic buildings to provide high quality civic facilities, intensify public use, provide for income-generation and bring back into use the former library and museum building as a new cultural or heritage centre. It will allow the town hall to function as a single entity by overcoming poor connectivity and circulation.’
Established as an administrative and manufacturing centre following the opening of Bootle Docks during the nineteenth century – the area was heavily bombed during the Blitz and suffered significant economic decline after the 1970s.
Last year the local authority launched a £100 million masterplan to regenerate the town and deliver new offices, leisure facilities and canal-side bars and restaurants.
The latest project will upgrade the town hall’s civic and ceremonial spaces while the ballroom, stage and reception room will be transformed into new events spaces for weddings and corporate functions. The neighbouring library and museum will meanwhile be converted into a new exhibition space and flexible area for concerts, performances and community-led activities.
The winning team will develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 2 ahead of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Quantity surveying, building surveying, structural engineering, buildings services engineering and masterplanning services will all be required.
The deadline for applications is 12noon, 14 July.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
7th Floor Merton House
Tel: +44 1519344070