The British Postal Museum & Archive’s (BPMA) new £18 million centre in Swindon will be designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS)
The Grade II* ‘At Risk’ former Great Western Railway Chain Testing Works will be overhauled to house two separate collections under one roof.
The practice, which was selected following ‘a highly competitive tender’, has already worked on the overall site masterplan for Swindon Borough Council.
Public access to the BPMA’s unique collections will be provided at the centre, and there are plans for flexible, responsive storage and conservation facilities. The educational programme for young visitors will be greatly expanded in time for a phased opening from 2013.
The BPMA combines the collection of the former National Postal Museum and the Royal Mail Archive and contains iconic objects such as red pillar boxes and postal vehicles, as well as every British stamp issued since the Penny Black, original design artwork, posters and photographs.
Geoff Rich, Partner and Studio Leader at FCBS said: ‘We’re really thrilled to be helping to create a brand new home for the BPMA and its amazing collection at the former historic railway works. An exciting mix of new and old creates the potential for a great project.’
Adrian Steel, Director of the BPMA said: ‘The BPMA is very pleased to have appointed FCB as architects for this exciting new project. We feel that they are the right partner to deliver the new home our outstanding collections deserve - they more than 30 years experience in the industry with a strong track record and fantastic reputation.’