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ABIR wins planning for Weald & Downland museum revamp

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[First look + plans + project data] ABIR Architects has won planning permission for this £5 million, competition-winning project to overhaul the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum

Planned to complete in 2017, the 850m² scheme will deliver a new ‘gateway’ building for the West Sussex attraction.

According to a statement from the practice: ‘Conceived as two clusters of buildings set around a central meeting place, the gateway will provide entry orientation and interpretation facilities for visitors while providing a clear link with the wider site.’

Located near Chichester, the museum features 50 historic buildings dating from the thirteenth to nineteenth centuries.

ABIR’s scheme will deliver a new shop, galleries, café, and a venue for community events.

Three of the Museum’s historic buildings – Medieval House from Sole Street, Pallingham Quay and Longport Farmhouse - will also be conserved.

The Brighton-based company defeated three rival studios to win the project in 2013.

Project data

Architects ABIR architects
Project Managers & Heritage Consultants Conservation Plus
Exhibition, Orientation & Interpretation and Wayfinding Potter Associates
Quantity Surveyor & CDM Coordinator Focus Consultants
Landscape Designers Nick Dexter Landscapes
Services / Energy / M+E and Sustainability Consultants Delta Green
Structural and Civil Engineers Hemsley Orrel Partnership
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessors Landscape Visual
Catering Consultants AD Catering Consultants
Retail Consultants Heritage Retail Consultants
Ecology Consultants AEWC
Site Surveying Solent Surveys
Forestry and Arboriculture SmithsGore




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