Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Building Award

  • Comment

Commissioning authority: Royal Air Force Museums
Principal designer: Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects
Principal contractor: Galliford Try

Award for projects valued between £3 million and £50 million. Sponsored by NEC.

This landmark building in Shropshire is the new home for 17 large aircraft, as well as many other exhibits and interactive displays. Together these form the first exhibition dedicated to the Cold War, which is already attracting large numbers of visitors from near and far.

Central to the £9 million project is the vast and striking hangar at RAF Cosford, the form of which is two curvilinear triangles which meet along a central divide. Innovation and technical expertise both in design and construction were required to create this technically challenging structure, but a highly energy-efficient and low-maintenance building was also necessary.

The primary structure consists of straight trusses fabricated from circular hollow sections, and each truss is misaligned from one to the next to define a hyperboic parabola.

Linear geometry transforms to curvilinear geometry by twisting each section of structure and its spans between the trusses. Considerable design innovation was required to achieve the resulting roof profile, the external surface of which is clad with an aluminium standing-seam insulated roofing system.

This complex project was achieved through strong collaboration across the design team, which worked well with the client to ensure that the building worked in harmony with and to the advantage of the exhibitions it would house.

‘ Subcontractors were chosen for their technical abilities rather than cost.’

‘ A highly energy efficient building, using innovativehumidity control, low energy conservation heating and natural ventilation.’

The Roundhouse, London NW1
The Richard Desmond Children’s Eye Centre, London EC1
Aurora, Manchester
Kaleidoscope, London SE6
Innovate Green Office, Leeds
National Cold War Exhibition, RAF Cosford
Darlington Education Village
The Bridge Arts Centre, Glasgow
Oldham Library + Lifelong Learning Centre
The Savill Building, Windsor Great Park
The Johnson Building, Sweeps Apartments, London

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs