Glasgow City Council is recruiting a conservation architect for a major £1.9 million restoration of its Category A-listed Provan Hall
The winner of the £135,000 contract will transform the historic 15th-century complex in Auchinlea Park, Easterhouse, into a community facility and visitor centre for the surrounding area.
The project, planned to complete in 2021, aims to boost regeneration and create a landmark gateway for visitors to east Glasgow’s proposed £6.8 million Seven Lochs Wetland Park. The scheme includes an exhibition space, multi-purpose room, education space, shop, toilets and kitchen
In its brief, the council says: ‘The Provan Hall buildings are amongst the oldest in Glasgow, well known and loved by local people. They are Category A listed, in recognition of their national architectural and historical significance, which demonstrate many of the significant architectural developments in Scotland between the late medieval period and early 20th centuries.
‘The buildings require significant repair and investment to improve their condition for the future, to bring the buildings up to an operational standard compliant with current legislation, and to realise its potential as a high-quality, attractive and informative destination for visitors and local people alike.’
Located next to the M8 motorway on Glasgow’s fringe around five miles north-east of the city centre, Provan Hall is a pair of two-storey buildings joined by a courtyard and arched screen wall.
The complex, thought to be one of Glasgow’s oldest surviving structures is constructed from whinstone rubble with sandstone dressings and set within a 8.1ha grounds known as Auchinlea Park.
The Seven Lochs Wetland Park is a proposed 20km² expanse of land and water which will provide new recreational facilities between Glasgow and Coatbridge.
The latest project will transform Provan Hall into a gateway to the planned Seven Lochs Wetland Park while also restoring the Category A-listed structures and increasing local visitor numbers. The winning team will deliver the scheme from RIBA Stage 3 to 6.
The deadline for applications is midday, 22 June.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Glasgow City Council
Chief Executives Department
Tel: +44 1412879774
David Hunter-Wade, project manager at Glasgow City Council
What is your vision for Provan Hall?
The Provan Hall buildings are amongst the oldest in Glasgow. The project is intended to secure the buildings from decay and celebrate their importance as part of the city’s built heritage. Restoration of the Grade A listed buildings will require a sensitive approach, building on extensive conservation research carried out to date. The project will provide community facilities, period interpretation rooms and permanent and temporary exhibition spaces. The restored buildings will be made more attractive and accessible to a wider public.
Key to the project has been setting a strategy to achieve a sustainable future for Provan Hall. This includes an extensive programme of activities to involve the local community, setting the restoration within the context of wider social, environmental and economic regeneration of the area and establishment of Provan Hall Community Management Trust – a new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, who will look after the future management of the buildings.
What sort of architects and designers are you hoping will apply?
The Invitation to Tender has been designed to open the project up to a wide range of practices. It presents a great opportunity for collaboration by small firms who we are aware can often be overlooked by public procurement processes. We have weighted our evaluation scoring with a high emphasis on quality to achieve the requirements of the project. We’re looking for an experienced conservation architect to lead a team, including interpretation designers, engineers and cost consultants. The winning team will be able to demonstrate expertise in heritage issues and project delivery, alongside inspiring interpretation design & approach to community engagement.
Which other design opportunities are on the horizon and how will the architects/designers be procured?
As the largest local authority in Scotland, there is a constant requirement for services from the private sector. Extensive opportunities are advertised via frameworks via public notices to work alongside Glasgow City Council’s own award winning Project Management & Design team. The council’s long-term plan for the area surrounding Provan Hall, includes provision a new-build visitor centre and a masterplan to carry out improvements to the surrounding area.