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Wilkinson Eyre pledges to battle after RAF funding blow

Wilkinson Eyre has vowed to fight on after the Heritage Lottery Fund rejected a bid for a cash grant towards its proposed £30 million ‘landmark’ to house the Royal Air Force Museum’s Battle of Britain collection

Jim Eyre, co-founder of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, said: ‘We are incredibly disappointed with the decision but are committed to working with the RAF Museum to help them realise this great project.’

The practice won the scheme in May last year following a major contest (see below). Among the losing finalists was Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios(FCBS) which had previously drawn up a feasibility study for a 116m-tall ‘twisted beacon’ conceptfor the site in Hendon, north-west London-.

The project was originally schedule to complete in 2015 in time to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Meanwhile it is understood Wilkinson Eyre has separately been asked to look at a masterplan for the wider Hendon site.

Previous story (AJ 11.05.2011)

Wilkinson Eyre bags RAF contest

Wilkinson Eyre has seen off an impressive shortlist to land the competition to design a £30 million ‘landmark’ to house the Royal Air Force Museum’s Battle of Britain collection

Among the losing finalists was Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) which had previously drawn up a feasibility study for the scheme in Hendon, north-west London - a 116m-tall ‘twisted beacon’ concept.

It is understood the Wilkinson Eyre led-team, which also includes Max Fordham Flint & Neill and Grant Associates, will not be tied to the FCBS sheme and will meet the museum next week about its design proposals.

The other practices shortlisted in the contest, which was launched by Malcolm Reading Consultants in January this year, were Avery Associates, Grimshaw, and Chris Dyson Architects.

The project is due to complete in 2015 in time to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Previous story (AJ 10.03.11)

Second chance for Avery in RAF contest

The AJ can exclusively reveal the five practices shortlisted to design a £30 million ‘landmark’ building to house the Royal Air Force Museum’s Battle of Britain collection

Avery Associates, Grimshaw, Wilkinson Eyre, Chris Dyson Architects and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) have reached the final stage of the competition which was run by Malcolm Reading Consultants. Interviews will take place by the end of the month with a winning scheme expected to be unveiled shortly thereafter.

Once complete the building will house a permanent exhibition of around a dozen aircraft.

FCBS previously designed a 116m-tall ‘twisted beacon’ concept for the Hendon site in north-west London (pictured). The current brief however asks for ‘alternative’ plans which are inspired by the beacon but not bound by its original design.

Chris Dyson, founder, Chris Dyson Architects said: ‘The challenge here is designing a space which can take the big objects and the small objects and tell a powerful and memorable story. Housing the planes in a dynamic way was key to informing our response to the brief.’

Bryan Avery, principal of Avery Associates added: ‘I learned to fly with the RAF scholarship scheme so I’ve had a long interest in aviation. That’s why I’m particularly excited about this.’

Avery said lessons learnt from his studio’s aborted Spitfire Wing project in Southampton could be applied to the RAF Museum.

A separate procurement process is being run to find an exhibition designer.

 

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