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Vindolanda Trust Heritage Vision Project, Northumberland 

The sites are based near Bardon Mill, Northumberland, close to Hadrian’s Wall.

Our involvement with the project commenced with mechanical and electrical services surveys, condition appraisal reports, scheme design and cost planning input to the Stage 2 HLF submission which resulted in an award of £3.5m.

The project was spread over three independent sites and complicated by the requirement for phasing/temporary services to maximise summertime revenue for the Trust. The amount of client forward planning necessary to re-open the facilities meant the completion date was critical.  

Chesterholm Museum 

Adapting existing services to suit the requirements of the interpretation concepts including modification to existing heating, lighting, power, new data and AV services and new heat recovery ventilation including services to the ‘Tablet Room’ in preparation for the return of the Vindolanda Tablets from the British Museum. Resilience to the Tablet Room services was provided by an emergency generator to ensure close control of temperature and humidity within the display cabinet would not be compromised by disruptions to the grid electricity supply. 

Roman Army Museum 

Complete refurbishment of the mechanical and electrical services. This included removal of large and inefficient LPG fired convectors which were replaced by concealed radiators provided with low temperature hot water generated by air source heat pumps.  The grid electricity supply was upgraded and standby electrical generation provided because the overhead electrical distribution to this area is susceptible to damage during the winter. 

Hedley Building 

Complete refurbishment and extensions to an existing building, which was BREEAM assessed, and included low temperature hot water heating by air source heat pumps, thermal solar pre-heating of domestic hot water and rainwater harvesting for toilet flushing. The building provides study and research spaces, dining and laundry facilities in addition to six en-suite bedrooms.

In the year following completion, the facility won a North East Tourism Silver Award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category.