We’re delighted to see work underway on Building ONE, Science Museum Group’s (SMG) once-in-a-generation collections management facility near Swindon.
Planning permission was granted in 2018 and the steel frame is now going into place. Construction work is due to finish in spring 2020 and the client will then spend two years moving 300,000 objects into the facility at the 220 hectare (545 acre) site, an awe-inspiring collection spanning science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.
Ultimately Building ONE will house approximately 80% of SMG’s collection in a modern, purpose-built facility, designed for better storage, care and public access. The new facility will provide everything the group needs to move, store, catalogue and display objects, some with very specific environmental requirements.
Feasibility Director, Daniel Holford, comments: “Building ONE will be 300 metres long and 90 metres wide, with enough space to contain 600 double-decker buses, and there are even a few in the collection. Feasibility acted as Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Employer’s Agent for the Science Museum Group.”