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Competition: Durham History Centre

Mount Oswald, Durham
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Durham County Council is looking for a design team to create an integrated home for its local history department

The multidisciplinary design team chosen for the estimated £140,000 contract will design and deliver a combined home for the local authority’s archives inside the Grade II-listed Mount Oswald manor house.

The Durham History Centre project, planned to complete in 2022, will restore the 1,178m² early 19th-century country house and create a 3,660m² extension to its northern elevation. Plans for the scheme have already been developed to RIBA Stage 3.

In its brief, the council says it wants to ‘create a sustainable service model integrating the archives and record office, Durham Light Infantry Collection, Historic Environment Record, historic registration records and registration service, and local studies reference collection

‘As part of the project, the Grade II listed Mount Oswald manor house will be restored and a new-build extension added to provide the optimum conditions for the records. The capital works will deliver enhanced educational facilities, exhibition space, research facilities and space for volunteers.’

Mount Oswald is an 1806 mansion which was significantly remodelled by architect Phillip Wyatt in 1830.

The latest project will transform the building into a new centre for five existing council-owned collections including the historic registration records, historic environment record, and items relating to the Durham Light Infantry.

The new wing will feature a ground-floor welcome space and a mix of permanent and flexible exhibition spaces

The winning team will review existing plans for the development, take the project forward and design the history centre’s exhibition space.

Bids will be evaluated 70 per cent on technical score and 30 per cent on cost. The deadline for applications is 22 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Guy Aynsley
Durham County Council
County Hall

Email: guy.aynsley@durham.gov.uk

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