National Museums Scotland is looking for an architect to deliver the £12 million third phase of the National Museum of Flight’s ongoing regeneration
The winning multidisciplinary design team will deliver a new entrance, visitor and exhibition building for the popular attraction which occupies the site of a former airbase in East Fortune near Edinburgh.
Planned to compete in 2022, the project is the third phase in the museum’s 10-year masterplan which aims to restore buildings on the site, improve its visitor experience and upgrade environmental conditions for its collection, which includes a replica of the Wright Model A.
According to the brief, the project ‘involves the construction of a new entrance, orientation and exhibition building which will be designed to provide a home for the longer-term preservation of one of our most popular aircraft, Concorde, and the other aircraft currently located outside. This will enable us to enhance interpretation, display and significantly improve the visitor experience.’
The museum was founded in 1909 and originally located in Edinburgh. It moved to its current home, the site of a First and Second World War airfield at East Fortune, in 1971.
The complex, which is recognised as a scheduled monument, receives around 72,000 visitors a year and is home to range of iconic aircraft including an Avro Vulcan, Hawker Siddeley Harrier, Vickers Viscount and Supermarine Spitfire in its permanent collection.
The museum’s collection, which is recognised as one of the most significant in the United Kingdom and Europe, also displays various photographs, archives, models, flying clothing, instruments and other equipment relating to aviation.
The regeneration masterplan’s first phase, delivered by Smith Scott Mullan Associates in 2009, restored a series of historic structures to deliver a new ‘Fantastic Flight’ exhibition, education centre, storage area and Concorde display.
The studio also completed the project’s second phase last year, renovating a pair of WWII hangars to deliver a modern display for 30 military, commercial and leisure aeroplanes alongside an interactive exhibition.
The latest £12 million project will deliver an entrance, visitor and exhibition building to the south of the existing museum. The facility will also provide a new home for the museum’s Concorde, currently housed inside a Second World War hangar which lacks appropriate environmental conditions.
The new building will feature a reception area, shop, café, toilets, viewing gallery, exhibition area and auditorium. Parking for up to 200 cars and 10 coaches will also be delivered.
The client is also looking for an exhibition design team, project manager and quantity surveyor for the project in separate contracts. The deadline for applications is noon, 5 April.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
National Museums Scotland
Tel: +44 2474161