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Roman ruins: FCBS unwraps Cotswolds visitor centre

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Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s shelter protecting the ruins of Chedworth Roman Villa in the Cotswolds has been shortlisted for a RIBA Regional Award

The Bath based-practice’s scheme replaced the existing conservation shelters at Chedworth, which is one of Britain’s largest roman villas, and upgraded a Victorian visitor centre close the ruins.


The £2.2 million lightweight and demountable shelter, which uses the villa’s second century Roman walls as its foundations, allows in-situ mosaics to be seen by the public for the first time since they were discovered in 1864.

Project data

Date of completion March 2012
Gross internal area 460m²
Cost £2,227,200
Cost per m² £4842
Client The National Trust
Building contractor CS Williams (Construction)
Structural Engineer Integral Engineering Design
M&E Engineer E3 Consulting Engineers
CDM coordinator CDM & Project Management
Cost consultant Mildred Howells

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