St Fagans Cardiff Museum £24m Expansion Job up for Tender
Ambitious plans for a £24m revamp and expansion of one of Wales’ most popular heritage attractions have come up for tender. The major makeover of St Fagans National History Museum in Cardiff will be split in to two separate contracts covering new-build and refurbishment work, although the plan is to award one contractor both jobs. The client, the National Museum of Wales, aims to renovate and upgrade the visitor facilities and make space for two new permanent exhibitions..
The plans include renovating the heritage-listed main building by upgrading the visitor facilities and making space for two new permanent exhibitions. A new ’Gweithdy’ building will rise up in the heart of the site and house a gallery covering the story of Wales from 230,000BC – the date of the earliest Neanderthal teeth found in the country – to the present, looking at the ways in which people have lived. This element is budgeted to cost around £16m with the revamp work making up the rest of the budget.
The current programme envisages the base build works starting on site in February 2014 with completion of the gallery for fit-out in the new building being achieved by April 2015 and by October 2015 for the galleries in the existing building. Construction is expected to create an extra 58 jobs, with plans for 33 new jobs at the museum once the works are completed.