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Purcell wins Milford Haven Quay Stores regeneration job

Quay Stores, Milford Haven
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Purcell has won a publicly tendered contract for a £3.5-4 million overhaul of Milford Haven’s Grade II-listed Quay Stores

The conservation specialist practice was selected ahead of an undisclosed shortlist of rival firms to win the commission in south Wales, which is backed by Milford Haven Port Authority.

Purcell will transform the dilapidated former warehouse complex overlooking the historic Milford Haven harbour into a ‘cultural cluster’, featuring a 100-seat restaurant and 400-seat multi-use auditorium for music, theatre and conferences.

The 1,011m² project, planned to complete in 2021, is part of a larger multimillion-pound masterplan drawn up by Turley to regenerate the Milford Waterfront area.

The brief states: ‘The redevelopment of the Quay Stores building is part of the Port of Milford Haven’s wider strategic development of Milford Waterfront. The Quay Stores building is located on Victoria Road, Milford Haven. It is constructed in red rubble stone with two heavy lintel courses in pink granite and grey limestone dressings to openings with slate roofs.

‘The main building was built in the mid-19th century and became Grade II-listed in 1975. The building has been unused for many years and is in a deteriorating state, with large areas of the roof slates missing and internally the first floor has partially collapsed.’

The port of Milford Haven is the busiest harbour in Wales and handles about 20 per cent of the UK’s seaborne energy imports. The historic harbour area features a large marina for yachts along with several wharves and a dry dock.

The Milford Waterfront masterplan aims to regenerate the dock, which is used by cargo vessels, ferries, fishing boats and cruise liners. A revised masterplan to deliver new hotels, shops, restaurants and up to 190 flats in the area was approved by Pembrokeshire County Council last June.

The latest project focuses on bringing the disused Grade II-listed Quay Stores back into use as a landmark new cultural complex.

Interested teams were required to submit two display boards featuring external concepts, 3D illustrations, diagrams, sketches and supporting text. Details of two relevant projects completed within the last five years were also required.

Bids were evaluated 70 per cent on quality and 30 per cent on cost. Eleven teams applied and the highest-cost bid was £284,000, while the lowest offer was £143,260. Images of the winning scheme have yet to be revealed.

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  • I'm very proud of this win, which is the swansong of my time with Purcell.

    I was lucky to lead the design component of the bid which was led by Niall Phillips. In this role I acted as design lead, alongside the very talented emerging architects Ellie Garrard and Ross Hartland.

    This project played perfectly to our collective strengths within Purcell, which combine an ability to breathe new life into the derelict Quay Stores structure and unrivalled experience of working with clients to design and deliver completely new and popular cultural venues in remote reaches of our region.

    Drawing on experience in places like Cardigan Castle, St Fagans, YrYsgwyn, and the Wordsworth Museum Purcell are well placed to take this project forward, working with the Port Authority to create a new cultural focus for Milford Haven’s residents, workers and tourists alike.

    Part of me wishes I was still involved, but pastures new are calling. I hope the client can share the images soon.

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