Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council is on the hunt for a design team to restore and convert a Grade II*-listed stable block in Kirkleatham
The team chosen for the contract will complete a feasibility study exploring a range of potential future uses for the deteriorating James Gibbs-designed structure which was originally constructed as part of the estate of former Lord Mayor of London William Turner.
The project is part of a wider council-backed initiative to transform Kirkleatham into a new cultural, leisure, business and training hub for the region. A £5.1 million conversion of the estate’s walled garden into a new catering and horticultural academy designed by Ian Darby Partnership is due to start on site in April.
According to the brief: ‘Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council is seeking quotations for market testing, business planning and the production of concept designs that will form the basis for a regionally-significant project to restore and bring new life to the Grade 2* Kirkleatham Estate Stable Block and its environs.
‘The objectives are to identify the most sustainable mix of uses that deliver a cultural and public-facing facility, featuring uses such as craft or makers, retail, gallery, performance space, food outlet and other commercial uses. We are also interested in if or how part of the space or operation of the building might incorporate innovative and learning opportunities, for example through making links with some of our major local businesses and education or training programmes.’
Kirkleatham is a small village 4.8 kilometres south of Redcar which occupies the former parkland of William Turner’s country estate. The original hall was demolished in the 1950s but other key surviving buildings include a James Gibbs-designed alms house and William Wakefield’s 1692 Free School which has been transformed into a local history museum.
The local authority aims to transform the Kirkleatham into a new regional centre for recreation, leisure, tranquillity, health and wellbeing – providing a catalyst for regeneration of the wider area.
The latest project will create a new public-facing facility – such as a gallery, restaurant or market – inside the 1,000m² disused stable block which has been the subject of several arson attempts over the years.
The winning team will conduct market testing and produce a business planning and concept designs for the conversion of the structure.
The deadline for applications is 2pm on 2 March.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Redcar & Cleveland House
Tel: 01642 774774