Tearooms Design Competition
In 2011 suitably qualified and experienced architects were invited to participate in a competition to design the rebuilding of the Swiss Tearooms, the brief was to follow the strict design guidelines for the gardens, as it is in a conservation area and part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and to design a tearooms to cost no more that £400,000, we received 22 designs.
A panel of judges evaluated the submitted designs and there was
a public consultation, from this a short list of architects were interviewed
and McNeil, Beechey O’Neill Architects (MBO) were selected.
The Borough Council appointed MBO to design the tearooms, their
competition submission needed further work and following consultation with Historic England and the Environment Agency a final design was submitted and gained planning permission in 2013.
Reference AVA/2013/0877 .
The design was sent to quantity surveyors and the estimated cost of this building was in excess of £600,000, so unfortunately the Borough Council have been unable to find the resources to develop this scheme any further.