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Competition: Boston Lodge Works, Gwynedd

Boston Lodge Works, Gwynedd
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Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways is recruiting an architect for a £2.7 million restoration of the historic Boston Lodge Works near Porthmadog in north Wales

The conservation architect-led team selected for the estimated £265,000 contract will develop plans up to RIBA Stage 3 and complete an NLHF submission for the scheme to ‘conserve, restore, convert and extend’ a series of buildings within the 19th-century complex.

The project will allow public access to the waterfront depot, which serves trains on the narrow-gauge heritage Ffestiniog Railway. It will also improve conditions for staff working on the site and create new interpretation facilities and training areas for apprentices.

In its brief, the railway company says: ‘Boston Lodge Works has continuously developed over a period of more than 200 years. Over 10 years ago, the need for comprehensive redevelopment, modernisation in some places and conservation in other, was formally identified and a steering group established to consider options and develop appropriate plans.

‘A strategy has been developed to deal with issues that underpin the viability of the site, develop new buildings that handle the bulk of current operations and release older buildings for conservation. The strategy proposes the creation of some new buildings, including new rail vehicle storage sheds on the periphery of the site which will allow the contents of the older buildings at the core of the site to be decanted into them so that those older buildings can be accessed to be worked on while the function of the site continues.’

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways operates both the 21.7km-long Ffestiniog Railway, connecting Porthmadog to the slate mining town of Blaenau Ffestiniog, and the 40.2km-long Welsh Highland Railway linking Caernarfon and Porthmadog.

The Boston Lodge Works is at the southern end of a road and rail embankment, known as the Cob, a short distance from the Porthmadog terminus. The complex opened in 1836 and closed following the decline of local industry in 1947 before being reopened to serve the heritage railway in 1954.

Many of the original buildings have since been altered or demolished and parts of the site remain derelict. The latest project will restore and upgrade Boston Lodge Works as a working rail servicing depot while also improving access for visitors and trainees. It is scheduled to complete in 2022. 

Bids will be evaluated 40 per cent on response to the brief and quality of proposed methodology, 30 per cent on relevant experience, and 30 per cent on value for money. An activity plan consultant, evaluation consultant, exhibition designer and quantity surveyor will also be sought in separate lots.

The deadline for applications is midday, 14 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Kaz Spring or Paul Lewin
General Manager
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways
Harbour Station
LL49 9NF

Email: kspring@ffwhr.com
Tel: +44 1766516064 

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