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Competition: This Exploited Land of Iron

Warren Moor Mine Chimney
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The North York Moors National Park Authority is on the hunt for a design team for a £3.8 million series of conservation and landscape schemes focussing on industrial heritage

The winner of the estimated £120,000 contract will work with the client, key stakeholders and the local community to develop restoration plans for a range of remote landmark sites across the region.

The This Exploited Land of Iron project – planned to complete in 2021 – includes three bridges over the Murk Esk River, conservation of the Esk Valley mine-head complex, the creation of public access to the Warren Moor Mine chimney (pictured), and restoration of the Rosedale East Kilns and Rosedale Bank Top Kilns. Initial plans for the programme have been drawn up by Purcell.

According to the brief: ‘The project focusses on a short but intense period of ironstone mining and railway construction in the remote valleys and hills of the North York Moors that left a huge impact on the landscape and its communities that can still be seen today.

‘The project will record, conserve and protect some of the most iconic structures and landscapes that remain, help nurture the wildlife that has reclaimed these spaces, and ensure this important part of our history is not forgotten.’

The North York Moors cover a 1,430 km2 area stretching from Pickering to the North Sea with a population of around 23,380 people. During the late nineteenth century the district saw a short-lived boom in ironstone mining which left dozens of mines and blast furnaces throughout the landscape.

The latest project aims to record, protect and conserve industrial sites and features across the North York Moors while also improving the surrounding natural environment and biodiversity. Improved sustainability, management and access to the historic landscape will also be required.

The chosen team will manage the delivery of all stages of the building conservation works from RIBA Stage 3/4 up to completion and handover.

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 22 September.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Tom Mutton
The North York Moors National Park Authority
The Old Vicarage
YO62 5BP

Tel: +44 1439772700
Email: t.mutton@northyorkmoors.org.uk


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