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Design team needed for Stirling almshouse restoration

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The Cowane’s Hospital Maintenance Trust (CMHT) is on the hunt for an architect to restore its Grade A-listed former almshouse and gardens in Stirling

The winning team will ‘repair, conserve, adapt and enhance’ the 1637 landmark which closed last summer due to its deteriorating condition.

Designed by master mason John Rynd, the St John Street building originally housed local merchants who had fallen on hard times.

It was later converted into a guildhall for the city and was used as an isolation hospital during a cholera epidemic in 1832.

More recently the historic building was used as an arts venue but closed to the public in July amid rising maintenance costs.

Nearby landmarks include the Church of the Holy Rude where James VI and I was crowned and Richard Murphy Architects’ 2001 Stirling Toolbooth Arts Centre.

According to the contract notice: ‘CHMT has received a Stage 1 Heritage Lottery Fund pass for this project to repair, conserve, adapt and enhance a 17th century former almshouse and its associated 18th century garden.

‘CHMT are seeking to appoint an architect-led multidisciplinary design team to take forward the project proposals as set out in the feasibility RIBA Stage 1 to the completion of RIBA Stage 3.

‘This will allow the CHMT to submit a Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Fund application which if successful will mean the design team will be required to take the design from RIBA Stage 4 to Stages 6, hand over and close out.’

The project will deliver a new roof, restore the building’s historic rooms and kitchens, and restore its eighteenth century gardens and bowling green.

The deadline for requests to participate is 12noon on 16 May.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Rob Robinson
The Cowane’s Hospital Maintenance Trust
49 St John Street

Email: project@cowanes.org.uk
Tel: +44 1786472247

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