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Housesteads Roman fort visitors centre, York

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Through a joint working agreement, The National Trust (NT) and English Heritage (EH) are working in partnership to offer a visitor experience at Housesteads Roman Fort that is worthy of a World Heritage Site.

Name, addresses and contact point(s):
The National Trust, Goddards, 27 Tadcaster Road, Contact: Dennis Wright, Attn: Dennis Wright, UK-York YO24 1GG.
Type of the contracting authority and main activity or activities:
Other: Registered Charity
Other: Conservation charity


Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
Housesteads Visitor Development and Infrastructure Scheme.

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

Expressions of interest are sought for the following: full architectural services and professional services, including full mechanical and electrical, structural, and interpretative design for the development of a new visitor centre and associated visitor infrastructure

Through a joint working agreement, The National Trust (NT) and English Heritage (EH) are working in partnership to offer a visitor experience at Housesteads Roman Fort that is worthy of a World Heritage Site. The project will deliver a major refurbishment/new build of the visitor facilities and interpretation. Background: Housesteads Roman Fort is the most complete and best preserved Roman fort in Europe. This scheduled ancient monument, owned by the National Trust, and jointly managed by the National Trust and English Heritage, is located on Hadrian’s Wall.

This section of the World Heritage Site lies within a dramatic landscape of the Northumberland National Park, and has witnessed over 4 000 years of human occupation and where within a short distance the complexity of the wall and forts can be fully appreciated. Housesteads should be the pivotal ‘must see’ site in any visit to Hadrian’s Wall. The fort currently receives approximately 100 000 visitors every year. The fort and part of the vicus is maintained by English Heritage under a guardianship agreement. English Heritage manages the fort and museum, welcomes visitors, and sells admissions, retail goods, and memberships at the museum. EH also provides on-site interpretation and manages the museum collection and its security. The National Trust provides interpretation, catering, retail, and membership recruitment in a building located by the B6318 (the bottom site). The car park, for which there is a charge, is managed by Northumberland National Park Authority, who own most of the parking area. The Project: The visitor experience at Housesteads is poor and the quality of the visit does not reflect the significance of the fort and its importance within the Frontiers of the Roman Empire World Heritage Site. The infrastructure and interpretation are in need of updating. The project will comprise of:
— The creation of a new visitor welcome centre at the bottom site (to include an admission point, shop, catering provision, toilet facilities, and interpretation), These facilities will support sustainability of business through commercial development,
— The commissioning of a high quality design for a new build, which will be informed by its context and surroundings,
— The provision of improved access routes within the site,
— The enhancement of the existing museum,
— The refurbishment of the education base (located beside the museum), to create an ‘Activity Centre’. The estimated value of this work will be circa. £3 500 000- 4 000 000.

Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate:
Envisaged minimum number: 5. Maximum number: 8
Objective criteria for choosing the limited number of candidates: Relevant experience, in the historic environment. Level of resoucing available. Ability to meet client's needs.

Time-limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate:
5.9.2008 - 09:00.

Date of dispatch of this notice:

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