Tolent is currently on site of the Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum, delivering the first stage of a £2.3m transformational project.
This first stage is a £1.3m construction contract, which includes the partial demolition of the existing museum's entrance lobby and reception area, making way for a new three-storey extension.
The extension will create space for the new exhibition and education spaces, retail area, toilets, and archive store.
With careful consideration to the historic nature of the old Loftus Mine, the first mine to be opened in Cleveland, the new extension will be built on screw piles to minimise disturbance to neighbouring historic structures and properties.
This design methodology also protects other historical elements including the existing machine bases that used to support equipment that produced compressed air to drive the mining machinery, including the drills underground. Rather than breaking these structures out, a thick reinforced concrete ground floor slab will be used to ensure they remain undisturbed.
The independent museum celebrates the heritage of the ironstone mining industry, preserving and promoting the rich ironstone heritage of East Cleveland.