Capita Symonds has won a major contract with Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd, which will see the creation of new £6m visitors’ centre in Cumbria.

The Roman Maryport Visitor Centre
The Roman Maryport Visitor Centre

The Roman Maryport Visitors’ Centre will be built at Camp Farm, a historic 60ha plot, and house a vast array of local Roman artefacts and religious sculptures.

The project aims to attract 50,000 visitors a year, bringing in approximately £2m of revenue. It will also help to secure 37 full-time jobs, both in the museum and surrounding area.

Capita Symonds proposals include the design of a new play area and orchard, the creating of pathways and a hilltop shelter, and the restoration of the historic farm buildings into galleries. The team will be working closely with museum designer Event Communications, which has been appointed to interpret the site and its history.

Paul King, Project Director, Capita Symonds, said: “The project represents an exceptional opportunity to showcase our experience in delivering heritage-led projects in partnership with Hadrian’s Wall Heritage Ltd and Cumbria County Council.

“The project will create a continuous programme of live archaeological excavation and provide access to the archaeology of the site, creating learning opportunities for local volunteers and students.”

Work on the site will commencing in late-October next year, subject to all funding being approved.

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