Client:  English Heritage

Duration:  Works carried out over four phases between 2013 – 2016

Value:  £1.7 million

Location:  Northumberland

MGM Ltd were invited to tender to deliver this historic project for English Heritage on one of the world’s heritage visitor sites.  MGM were employed to redevelop the existing building.   Works included M&E, structural alterations, new floors, insulating the existing walls and loft with Kingspan insulation, rebuilding various elevations of stonework, timber repairs to floors and roof, external landscaping, installation of new timber windows and decoration.  Site requirements meant that during winter period operatives had to stay on site in lodgings.

Access by vehicle was impossible due to the snow.    Working closely with the clients team works are were completed ahead of programme and the building was completed for the official opening day. Works were all completed well within the client’s budget and funding.  Open day held during works for public to view works from a safe area.

MGM Ltd were employed on Phase 2 in preference to the most competitive tender to redevelop and extend the existing building.   This was as a direct result of our ability to deliver the Housesteads Museum Contract (Phase 1). Being part of a World Heritage Site, we worked with the archaeologist on works being done to the ground under a watching brief.

We were then employed to carry out Phase 3 – this phase of the project consisted of a new toilet  block refurbishment, raise the single storey building to a two storey building to create a glazed mezzanine dining area, a glazed oak and glass canopy providing protection to visitors.  Up the hill from the visitors centre is the museum, where we carried out major alterations and refurbishments consisting of new floors, new arched entrances, film theatre, offices, heating and ventilation system and installation of roman artefacts.  Phase 4 then followed consisting of external works in new footpaths and step access ways along with disabled adapted access to each building on site.