English Heritage is inviting bids to tender for the design and operation of a 65m visitor centre at Stonehenge.
Earlier concepts by Edward Cullinan Architects and the then James Gardner 3D Concepts, now called 3D Concepts, have been scrapped as English Heritage “has changed what it wants”, says a spokeswoman.
The centre, to be located 3km from the historical site, will include education facilities as well as retail and catering. The deadline for applicants to pre-qualify is 5 August. English
Heritage is currently trying to raise 32m towards the project from the Millennium Commission.
Meanwhile, the Millennium Commission has awarded more than 15m towards a 34m geological visitor centre in Edinburgh – Scotland’s second biggest windfall from the commission.
Architect Michael Hopkins & Partners and exhibition design group Event were appointed in 1991 to create the William Younger Centre and its Dynamic Earth exhibition. Building is due to start early next year, but it is yet to be confirmed that the original concepts will be used.
More than 450m-worth of projects for museums, galleries, libraries and archives have been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The 74 applications include proposals for new museums, digital access to archives and the improvement of visitor facilities for existing museums.
A new company has been set up to operate the Imagination-designed Millennium Exhibition. Millennium Central is headed up by British Airways chief executive Robert Ayling.