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Competition: John Taylor Bellfoundry, Loughborough

John Taylor Bellfoundry, Loughborough. Image by Tommy Pengilley
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The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust (LBT) is recruiting a design team for a major overhaul of its Grade II*-listed headquarters

The architect-led team chosen for the estimated £673,900 contract will restore the historic Freehold Street complex which is home to the world’s oldest working bell foundry, dating back to 1839, and a museum.

The project will conserve and upgrade the Victorian factory, which is known as John Taylor & Co and traces its founding origins as far back as the 14th century.

In its brief, the trust says that in 2018 it ‘received a round one pass from the National Lottery Heritage Fund (HF) for a project to restore the John Taylor Bellfoundry. The project is now in its development phase where proposals will be advanced before a round two application is submitted to the HF in June 2020.

‘As part of this, the trust is seeking to procure a comprehensive architect-led design team to provide design services in relation to the restoration of the John Taylor Bellfoundry. The design team must include a RIBA (SCA) or AABC or equivalent accredited architect in a leading role. It would also be preferable for sub-consultants to be members of professionally recognised conservation accreditation schemes.’

John Taylor & Co is thought to be the world’s largest working bell foundry and the most significant still operating in Britain. Bells manufactured at the plant include the largest bell cast in Britain: Great Paul at St Paul’s Cathedral London.

Currently, the complex is only open to pre-booked tours. The latest project will restore the decaying buildings and create new improved visitor facilities.

The deadline for applications is 1pm, 3 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

The Loughborough Bellfoundry Trust
The Bellfoundry
Freehold Street
Loughborough
LE11 1AR

Email: procurement@inghampinnock.com 

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