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Competition: RSPB Lake Vyrnwy visitor centre

Lake Vyrnwy
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RSPB Cymru is recruiting a team to design a landmark £1.2 million visitor centre at Lake Vyrnwy in Powys, Wales

The team will deliver a series of upgrades for visitors to the 10,000ha estate surrounding the Lake Vyrnwy reservoir which was created in 1880 by flooding an entire valley and has supplied drinking water to Liverpool, 78km away, ever since.

The Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project, planned to complete in 2021, will transform a disused chapel into a heritage centre exploring the construction of the Vyrnwy Dam, the flooding of Llanwddyn during its construction and the importance of the estate’s natural ecology. 

In its brief, RSPB Cymru says is looking to appoint ‘a design and construction team for the Lake Vyrnwy Experience Project, to supply architectural services including contract administration and principal designer role as per construction (design and management) regulations 2015 and interior design.

‘The appointment of all necessary structural and civil engineering, mechanical and electrical services engineering, quantity surveying and interior design services will also be required to complete the project. The tenders should include for the full and complete coordination and appointment of these services as necessary within their submissions and to fulfil the requirements of the brief.’

Lake Vyrnwy was designed by Thomas Hawksley and George Deacon. It features an enormous Grade I-listed stone dam and a picturesque Gothic revival straining tower.

The latest project focuses on the 10,000ha RSPB Lake Vyrnwy reserve which receives around 190,000 visitors every year. The scheme will deliver an ‘engaging and comfortable’ visitor centre within a former chapel while also improving parking facilities, and creating a new visitor route and toilets.

The initiative aims to boost visitor numbers while delivering sustainable facilities and promoting the long-term conservation of the reserve’s large areas of forestry, farmland and bogs.

Bidders must have professional indemnity insurance of at least £5 million. Applications will be evaluated 30 per cent on cost and 70 per cent on technical score.

The deadline for applications is 9am, 3 June.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details


Email: angela.munn@rspb.org.uk

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