Science Museum Group secures planning for new collections management facility

5 November 2018 / 15:46

Feasibility has been acting as Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Employer’s Agent for the Science Museum Group’s (SMG) new once-in-a-generation collections management facility near Swindon.

We’re delighted to confirm that the 26,000sq m (279,850sq ft) facility, named Building ONE, has secured planning permission and will be delivered at SMG’s 545 acre site in Wroughton, which was established in 1940 as a military airfield before being purchased by the group.

Building ONE will house around 340,000 objects, approximately 80% of SMG’s collection, in a modern, purpose-built facility, designed for better storage, care and regular public access.

Ultimately, the project will see the nation’s preeminent collection catalogued, digitised and relocated.

The group, which boasts amongst its attractions the Science Museum in London, the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in York, appointed us alongside GWP Architects, Atkins, Desco and Pegasus Group.

Feasibility Director, Daniel Holford, comments: “SMG’s awe-inspiring collection spans science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine, and importantly the museums welcome over five million visitors each year. The new collection management facility will provide everything the group needs to move, store, catalogue and display objects, some with very specific temperature and humidity requirements. We’re delighted to be involved in this nationally significant project, working alongside a fantastic team.”