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Avery's AeroNautica Museum scheme torpedoed

Avery Associates Architects’ £8 million AeroNautica Museum project in Southampton has hit the buffers following the withdrawal of its site

Site owner Associated British Ports (ABP) withdrew the long-term lease for the Trafalgar Dry Dock in Southampton, where AeroNautica would have been sited.

The new museum would have replaced the nearby Solent Sky Museum. The site may be used as a ferry terminal instead, freeing up land for the city’s £500 million Royal Pier redevelopment.

ABP Southampton director Doug Morrison said: ‘ABP are supportive of AeroNautica’s plans, but until we have clarification of the full development scheme and the relocation of the ferry, we are not in a position to offer the museum a lease on the dock’.

Bryan Avery of the studio said: ‘It’s a disgrace that Southampton doesn’t seem able to look after its heritage. Any other city in the world would give anything to maintain such a magnificent asset.’

Avery Associates’ scheme featured a full-size replica of the stern of the Titanic’s sister ship, the SS Olympic and a Short Sandringham flying boat, as well as exhibition halls and a 255-seat auditorium.

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