Norfolk County Council is looking for an architect for a £13 million overhaul of Grade I-listed Norwich Castle
The winner of the £800,000 contract will deliver a major overhaul of the ancient Norman keep, which was built between 1095 and 1110 on a site overlooking Norwich city centre.
The ‘Gateway to Medieval England’ project will restore the landmark structure’s internal layout to create a ‘powerful immersive learning experience’ where visitors can explore the former royal palace.
According to the competition brief, the overhaul ‘will see Norwich Castle Keep transformed back to its former glory, as one of the finest Romanesque castles in Western Europe.
‘The project will drastically improve the visitor experience by reinstating the Norman principal floor and making the keep a more understandable and accessible building. A new British Museum partnership gallery of the medieval period will also be created within the keep.’
The castle was first established by William the Conqueror shortly after the invasion of 1066, and the 21m-high keep, faced with Caen stone over a flint core, was erected between 1095 and 1110. Since 1894 it has been home to the Norwich Museum.
The project aims to restore the ‘historical and architectural integrity’ of the keep by recreating its original internal layout. The upper floors will be transformed into a replica of the former Norman royal palace while other areas will feature a community venue, learning area and commercial facilities.
A first round application for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to deliver the project was approved in May last year and a second round application is planned for October this year. The project is planned to complete in 2020.
Applicants are expected to hold ‘considerable experience’ of working with listed buildings in sensitive settings, and be prepared to work flexibly around HLF and council constraints. A structural engineer is also sought in a separate lot.
The deadline for applications is 10am, 15 May.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Norfolk County Council