Crewe Heritage Centre

The winner of the estimated £45,000 contract will carry out a feasibility study looking at options to transform the former railway works which is now a visitor attraction featuring several open signal boxes, a miniature railway and British Rail’s only surviving experimental APT-P train (pictured).

The Crewe Heritage Centre was founded in 1987 and currently features three signal boxes and a 1,000m2 exhibition hall which is used for events and exhibitions. Highlights include the last surviving example of a prototype APT-P train constructed during the 1970s.

‘The feasibility study and business case end product will be the engagement of large-scale external funding agencies with the aim of securing the necessary funding for the final delivery of a destination attraction that reflects Crewe’s position in national rail and engineering heritage as well as the local social heritage context.’

Project title Crewe Heritage Centre Feasibility
Client Crewe Town Council
Contract value £45,000
First round deadline Midday, 7 December 2023
Restrictions The Authorities require a minimum turnover threshold of £100,000 per annum in order to pass the economic and financial standing test. Applicants must provide details of three contracts that are relevant to the contract requirements
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Bids to deliver the latest contract will be evaluated 60 per cent on quality and 40 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold employer’s liability insurance of £10 million, public liability insurance of £10 million and professional indemnity insurance of £1 million.

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The search for a design team comes just three months after Crewe Town Council announced it was seeking a consultant for a conservation area review of Crewe, focussing on understanding the Cheshire town’s ‘built heritage, its context, impact and value.’

According to the brief: ‘The council has been working with Crewe Heritage Trust and progressing work seeking to achieve museum status for the site as well as supporting their operational transition as they adopt new working practices.

Crewe is a large town of around 76,000 inhabitants located 237km north of London. The settlement was historically a major centre of railway manufacturing and is currently earmarked for a new Grimshaw-designed hub station connecting existing rail services with the north-western spur of HS2.

The project aims to deliver a new ‘modern heritage leisure attraction’ on the site next to Crewe Station which currently receives around 30,000 visitors a year – celebrating local railway heritage and social history.

‘The project is to develop a feasibility study and business case for the provision of a modern heritage leisure attraction in Crewe, leading to the capital investment and redevelopment of the site.