The Science Museum Group is recruiting an architect to design a £22 million archive near Swindon
The winner of the £500,000 contract will draw up plans for a 27,000m² conditioned storage facility on a 220ha former RAF airfield in Wroughton, which was purchased by the museum 17 years ago.
The One Collection Project, planned to complete in 2020, will safely bring together hundreds of thousands of objects currently held by the Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, National Science and Media Museum and National Railway Museum.
The museum’s brief says it wants ‘to appoint an architect and principle designer to develop a design for a lightly modified standard industrial warehouse, in which our collection can be securely housed, maintained, and allow for increased accessibility.
‘The design will be sufficiently developed to achieve planning consent. This design, and possibly the design team, will subsequently be novated to a Design and Build contactor; with the project team being retained by the client.’
The project is the latest instalment in the South Kensington museum’s £60 million regeneration masterplan, which included a mathematics gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects, which opened in December.
Other competition-winning schemes under development include a suite of medical galleries by WilkinsonEyre, an events space by Duggan Morris, an auditorium by Dow Jones Architects and an entrance by HAT Projects.
Last October, the museum began looking for an ‘experienced and proven’ lead designer for a new exhibition focusing on the technological history of the capital. The winner of the £240,000 contract will create the London Science City gallery, exploring London’s role in the major scientific advances of the 17th and 18th centuries.
The deadline for applications to design the One Collection Project is noon, 18 May.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Science Museum Group
Tel: +44 2079424000