Restoration specialists are being sought to complete a programme of repairs, alterations and improvements to Delapre Abbey in Northampton.
The borough council is asking for companies to come forward and bid to take on the work which will see more than £3million invested in bringing the ancient abbey back into use.
The project involves refurbishing parts of the main building, rebuilding the conservatory and opening the south wing for events and public access.
Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for regeneration enterprise and planning Councillor Tim Hadland, said: “The restoration of the Delapre Abbey is one of our key heritage projects.
In the last few years we have secured a significant amount of funding and raising the building’s profile as an important regional asset.
“A successful bidder would be taking on a very prestigious project as we bring this much loved building back into use.”
The work is being funded by a £3.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant supported by a with £1.34 million contribution from Northampton Borough Council.
Rodney Giddins, secretary of Friends of Delapre Abbey said: “We’ve waited a long time for this and are delighted that work will start later this year to bring this important historic building back into use.
“We hope that the local community and visitors from further afield will support the project and help the Abbey to have a sustainable future.”
For more information about the project and tender opportunity visit www.sourcenorthamptonshire.co.uk/contracts/show/id/10100