Guildhall Gateway Project


Building Restoration - Guildhall Gateway Project, Tavistock (Tender closed)

 This Tender is now closed and has been awarded to RM Builders & Contractors Ltd.


Tavistock Guildhall and police station, fronting Guildhall Square, are part of an outstanding urban group of medieval and 19th-century Gothic buildings in the centre of Tavistock.  The Grade II* Listed building is believed to be England's first purpose-built combined court and police station and includes the former police accomodation block and fire engine house.  Designed initially by John Foulston and then by Theophilis Jones for the Duke of Bedford, the complex was completed c1848 and is constructed on the footprint of Tavistock Abbey.

The project will bring back into use the iconic Grade II* historic building.  The restored building will integrate a range of public services and local community uses with a World Heritage Site Gateway Centre and a Police and Magistrates' Museum.  

The scope of works under this contract includes:

  • Initial asbestos removal and soft strip including fitting and services.
  • Renovation of external fabric - replacing slate roof coverings on the Police Station and flat roof coverings on existing extensions, repairing the Court Room slate roof coverings, parapet gutter renewal, external pointing and stone repairs, chimney renovation and window and external joinery renovation.
  • Refurbishment and conversion of the buildings internally and for combined use by the Council as offices, as part of the delivery of partnership services, council chambers and as a heritage visitor centre to be operated by the Tavistock Heritage Trust.
  • Extension at the rear for the provision of disabled access lift and toilet facilities to the Court Room.
  • Upgrading building services throughout and provision of internal lifts for access to upper floors and to provide visitor accessibility.
  • Associated external works to the rear courtyards and building frontage.
  • A new external rear access with a short rise lift into the premises.
  • The contractor's preliminaries such as site management, insurances and temporary works including a temporary roof cover over the Police Station whilst roof coverings are replaced.

For a general summary of the project including support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund please click here.

The deadline for receipt of tenders is 12 noon Monday 24 June 2019

**** Please contact [email protected] to register your Expression of Interest ***

For further information please click the links below:

Letter to Tenderers

Notice to Tenderers

Technical Return

Price Return

Selection Criteria for Contractors

 Latest Variations:

 First Floor Demolition Alterations - 6a Revised

First Floor Internal Doors Rev.1. - 6b Revised

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway - Questions & Responses

Additional Drawings - TGH-HYD-XX-LG-DR-S-1001
Additional Drawings - TGH-HYD-XX-LG-DR-S-1002
Additional Drawings - TGH-HYD-XX-02-DR-S-1020

1041 C392 T1 Typical Flood Board D

Tavistock Guildhall Gateway - Questions & Responses during Tender period

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Supporting Documents:

Written Scheme of Investigation, AC Archaeology, 2018

Tavistock Guildhall OS Location Plan

Flood Risk Assessment, Hydrock, 2017

Building Control Approval

Planning & Listed Building Consent:

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