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Competition: Wellington Monument, Somerset

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The National Trust is recruiting an architect for a £4 million overhaul of the Grade-II* listed Wellington Monument in Somerset

The winner of the £180,000 contract will restore the 53m-tall hilltop obelisk, which features a circular staircase and viewing platform, but closed to the public 10 years ago due to its deteriorating condition. 

The project will safeguard the landmark for the next 60 years, increase visitor numbers from 40,000 to 80,000 and allow people to climb its interior stairwell to the viewing platform once again.

In its brief, the National Trust says it is ‘keen to ensure the structure is well researched and understood. Investigations at RIBA Stage 1 have been extensive to ensure continuous, expensive and damaging defects are dramatically reduced and to ensure that future maintenance is a much smaller task and a more well-understood issue.

‘The proposals for repair must be based on a well-researched understanding of the original structural fabric and why defects and failures have occurred over regular periods of time.’

The triangular obelisk, designed by architect Thomas Lee, was built to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s victory at the Battle of Waterloo. It was completed in 1854, almost 40 years after the famous battle, and occupies the summit of the Blackdown Hills in rural Somerset.

The structure is exposed to extreme weather for most of the year. Its deterioration is the result of numerous defects in both the original design and subsequent repairs. Problems include mortar failure, water ingress and corroding iron pins.

Inskip and Jenkins Chartered Architects has already completed initial plans for the project up to part-way through RIBA Stage 2. The winning multidisciplinary team will develop the scheme up to RIBA Stage 6, with work planned to complete in 2020.

The deadline for applications is noon, 5 April.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Ken Evans
The National Trust
Killerton House

Tel: +44 7788690446
Email: ken.evans@nationaltrust.org.uk


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