Warwickshire College Group is recruiting an architect to restore the Grade II-listed Moreton Hall and create a hospitality school
The winning team will resurrect the landmark Edwardian mansion, which was struck by a catastrophic fire 10 years ago and has yet to see any restoration work completed on its interiors despite the building’s external envelope being reinstated.
The project, planned to complete in 2021, will create a hotel training school inside the complex, which formerly home to an agricultural college. Planned upgrades include a 4-star boutique hotel, a banqueting suite, and commercial and teaching kitchens.
According to the brief: ‘The Moreton Morrell estate has been owned by the Warwickshire College Group (and its predecessor organisations) since just after the Second World War when the Warwickshire Agricultural Committee used it to house a farm-training institute. Warwickshire College now operates the site as Moreton Morrell College, a specialist agricultural college that trains around 2,000 young people every year in subjects such as agriculture, horticulture, equine, floristry, farriery, agricultural vehicle maintenance and animal care.
‘The hall was badly damaged by a catastrophic fire in 2008. The external envelope was reinstated soon after but the interiors have been largely untouched ever since. The project will restore and remodel the building to create a hotel training school. The project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund who have granted funds to develop the designs to a stage suitable for inclusion in a second-round application.’
Moreton Hall is a large Palladian-style country house around 11km east of Stratford-upon-Avon, inspired by Wilton House near Salisbury. The complex was constructed by William Henry Romaine-Walker in the early 20th century for the co-founder of Citi Bank, Charles Tuller Garland.
Bids for the contract will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 19 October.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Warwickshire College Group
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