The Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust is recruiting an architect for a £6.7 million overhaul of the historic First World War air base in Essex
A multidisciplinary design team will draw up plans to regenerate the 32ha site, which played a key role in defending Britain from German Zeppelin airships and fixed-wing bombers from 1916 until the end of the war.
The Reach for the Sky project will sensitively restore all 24 surviving Grade II*-listed buildings at the aerodrome, near Maldon, while also creating a landmark visitor centre and converting a former officers’ accommodation block into a central hub with a gallery, museum and learning spaces.
The competition brief says: ‘Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced Architect lead multi-disciplinary design teams who wish to be considered for inclusion on a select list of tenderers to provide the highest standards of design, conservation and presentation.
The Stow Maries airfield opened in 1916 for the Royal Flying Corps and closed in 1919, a year after the war ended. The aerodrome was unused during the Second World War and converted for agricultural use during the second half of the 20th century.
The site was purchased by the trust four years ago with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, English Heritage, Essex County Council and Maldon District Council. The airfield now hosts regular events and is open to the public every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Between four and six teams will be shortlisted for the latest project which is planned to complete in 2021.
The deadline for applications is 4pm, 5 December.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome Trust
Tel: +44 1245329358