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Competition: Museum of Military Intelligence

WW2 recording studio in Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire
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The Museum of Military Intelligence (MMI) is seeking a team to design a landmark £4.7 million base in Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire

The winning project manager-led team will create a new venue for the museum, which exhibits artefacts, documents and other material relating to UK military intelligence activity. The museum is currently based at the former RAF Chicksands and is only open by appointment.

The project, planned to complete in 2026, will transform a 2ha plot within the village of Milton Bryan which contains several disused structures along with a derelict Grade II-listed recording studio (pictured) used to record propaganda for broadcast behind enemy lines during the Second World War.

In its brief, the museum says its plans ‘for the proposed HLF project “Sharing the Secret” include relocation and creation of a new, sustainable and accessible museum with greater space for collections and facilities for archives, educational and academic activities, as well as temporary exhibition space, a café/restaurant and an extensive programme of events and activities’.

It says that the new site includes the ‘Grade II-listed, Political Warfare Executive (PWE) black propaganda Second World War recording studio, air raid shelters, and the Royal Family’s secret tunnel. These are all largely unknown. The project is a large capital project to restore the derelict PWE studio and 1943 garage to provide for an accessible and exciting new museum.’

The museum documents the history of British military intelligence from the Crimea War to the modern age. 

The project will restore the Grade II-listed recording studio to create a new ‘sustainable and accessible’ featuring a temporary exhibition space, educational facilities and a café. The museum will also retain views of nearby Paris House which was planned to serve as a secret hideout for the Royal Family during the Second World War.

Bids will be evaluated 65 per cent on quality and 35 per cent on cost, and the chosen team will develop the project from RIBA stage 2 through to completion.

Documents must be requested by 4pm, 22 November. The deadline for applications is 4pm, 29 November.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Joanna Graham
Cragg Management Services
3 Oak Cottage
County Oak Cottage
Crawley
West Sussex
Crawley
RH11 7ST

Email: jgraham@craggmanagement.com 

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