Football museum project primes construction sector to be ‘ready to compete’ for contract
Wrexham County Borough Council are conducting market engagement for a “competent supplier” to complete Enabling and Shell & Core Works Package for the transformation of the Grade II Listed Wrexham Museum building and site into the new joint Football Museum for Wales and Wrexham Museum.
The museum, which will be within Wrexham Museum and see a substantial redevelopment of the building, will celebrate Wales’ football heritage.
Last week the project management team provided an official ‘heads-up’ for construction firms with the necessary skills and experience to work on large projects, particularly those with experience of working on historic and heritage buildings, since the museum is in a grade 2 listed building.
The notice explains what will be involved construction wise in creating the new nationally styled museum in Wrexham city centre and provides details of when to visit the sell2wales website for more news for construction companies about this nationally important project.
Councillor Paul Roberts, Lead Member for Community Safety & Partnerships, added: “Our plans to create the new Football Museum and the new Wrexham Museum involve the transformation of the current museum building, while still respecting its historic architecture and character. Such work requires the involvement of a highly skilled and experienced construction company. This prior information notice is designed to ensure the construction world know that this project is coming soon and to be ready to compete for what will be a very newsworthy contract.”
Wrexham County Borough Council added they would like to acknowledge the support of the Welsh Government, the UK Government (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
We factchecked with Wrexham Council about the costs of the scheme which has had a public funding sum of around £5-6m – however is locally rumoured to be actually reaching the £11,000,000 mark plus ongoing revenue costs- and we also asked if the opening dates had altered. Wrexham.com has previously reported the unclear finances after a ‘council’ injection of £1m as it was allocated in a Wrexham Council budget – which was via a Welsh Government ‘Regional Economic Framework Priorities grant’ and a ‘further’ £5.4m not being new money.
Wrexham Council said, “Budget costs are commercially sensitive information and not finalised until the designs are fully completed and a further cost exercise undertaken ready for procurement, therefore we would not be able to share that detail at present.
They added, “The ‘museum of 2 halves’ project is expected to be completed and open in early 2026 (the original previously agreed completion date).”
Interested suppliers are requested to view Sell2wales / etenderwales in ‘early October’ when a PQQ notice is programmed to be uploaded.
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