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National Trust seeks architect for Seaton Delaval Hall restoration

Seaton Sluice
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John Vanbrugh’s Grade I-listed Seaton Delaval Hall near Newcastle-upon-Tyne will undergo a restoration in advance of reopening to the public

The winner of the £500,000 contract will conserve and upgrade the iconic Palladian-style mansion which was the final work of architect and playwright Vanbrugh.

Originally designed for Admiral George Delaval, the English Baroque landmark near Seaton Sluice completed in 1728 after both its architect and client had already passed away.

The central block was then wrecked by fire in 1822 with the remaining buildings occupied only intermittently by Delaval’s descendants over the following centuries.

The National Trust purchased the deteriorating complex and other surrounding structures on the 160 hectare Grade II-listed estate seven years ago with plans to reopen them to the public.

Planned to complete in 2020, the ‘Curtain Rises’ project will deliver both urgent conservation works and infrastructure improvements on the site.

Key elements will include re-roofing the West Wing, stabilising the ha-has, consolidating the derelict mausoleum and conserving the collapsing stable stalls.

New toilets and a 90-cover cafe will also be created inside the former Brewhouse along with an expanded car park to boost visitor numbers and secure a ‘sustainable footing for the future’.

According to the contract notice: ‘The Curtain Rises project is a conservation led project seeking to address priority conservation issues at Seaton Delaval Hall. In addition we want to improve the visitor experience on-site and are upgrading our facilities to meet expectations.

‘Expressions of interest are invited from either single companies able to provide the full range of services required or from groups of consultants under the lead of a single design consultant.’

The appointed team will work with the National Trust to develop the project from RIBA Stage 1 through to 6.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 18 July.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Helen Nisbet
Project Manager
National Trust
Holy Jesus Hospital
City Road

Tel: +44 1912558648
Email: helen.nisbet@nationaltrust.org.uk

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