Decision details

To commission critical intrusive surveys to take forward the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery Redevelopment project (within the existing £18.4m budget).

Decision Maker: Corporate Director - Community Wellbeing

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Hereford Museum and Art Gallery (HMAG) redevelopment project has a combined budget of £18.4m comprising of £8.4m Herefordshire Council capital funding, £5m Stronger Town funding and £5m National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant funding.
Previous governance decisions for the Hereford Museum and Art Gallery project provided for spend up to £2.4m up to and including RIBA stage 4.
The following intrusive surveys are to be carried out by Herefordshire Council to reduce risk factors on the construction and inform design:
Ground Investigations
Opening Up Works
Intrusive survey
Drainage Survey
Fabric Condition Survey
Paint Survey
Plaster survey
Masonry Strength Testing
Timber survey
U-value testing
Moisture survey
Archaeologist support
The following consultants are required to provide specialist advice:
Fire Engineer
Principle Designer (BSA)
Landscape Architect
The Principle Designer (Building Safety Act) is a new role required (since October 2023) as a result of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
Further surveys and consultants may be required following investigations.
A sum of £200,000 is required from the existing £18.4m budget to complete the required intrusive surveys and consultant commissions. This work will be procured by Herefordshire Council in accordance with the Contract Procedure Rules
Previous governance decisions have provided approval to spend up to £2.4m on developing the design to Riba stage 4.
RIBA4a has been commissioned to a Design Team to develop the detailed design including the additional information needed for planning following a planning consultation.
£200,000 is required to complete the intrusive surveys and commissions needed to complete the RIBA stage 4 detailed design.
A Cabinet decision is anticipated in July 2024 to take the project through construction and delivery through RIBA stages 5 and 6. At this stage there will be a costed plan to deliver the project.
Capital cost of project
Agreed Governance to spend £2,400,000
Surveys/Commissions £200,000
Remaining Budget £15,800,000

TOTAL £18,400,000

Contact: Hilary Hall, Corporate Director Community Wellbeing Email:

Publication date: 28/03/2024

Date of decision: 26/03/2024

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