Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) is seeking a masterplanner for a new 8.3ha heritage railway attraction in Darlington
The Railway Heritage Quarter project, backed by Darlington Borough Council (DBC), will focus on the innovative Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first public steam locomotive railway line, which opened to passengers and freight in 1825.
The Railway Heritage Quarter project, backed by Darlington Borough Council, will potentially bring together a range of historic railway infrastructure and cultural attractions to create a regional destination expected to receive more than 250,000 visitors every year.
In its brief, TVCA says it wants the quarter to complete by 2025 so it can be ‘a central part of the bi-centenary celebrations of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
‘The Railway Heritage Quarter not only has the potential to develop a world-class visitor offer but also has the potential to tell a very powerful story of the future meeting the past in relation to railways and to maximise the use of innovation and technology to drive the economic regeneration of the area and the region.’
The innovative railway originally connected collieries with Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington and Middlesbrough Docks and large parts of the line remain in operation today.
The Railway Heritage Quarter will be built around several surviving elements of the historic railway located on the north-west fringes of Darlington. The scheme aims to create a new cultural district featuring a museum, innovation and technology hub, business incubator, new landscaping and public realm, and a connection to operational rail lines.
The winner, to be appointed in late September, will draw up a conceptual masterplan setting out the core visitor offer and outlining solutions to the perceived inaccessibility of the historic site.
The deadline for applications is 5pm, 14 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Stockton Borough Council
Tel: 01642 524400