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Masterplanner sought for IWM’s Duxford Aerodrome site

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The Imperial War Museum (IWM) is on the hunt for an architect to re-masterplan its 56 hectare Duxford Aerodrome site in Cambridgeshire

The announcement comes one year after Foster + Partners completed a £40 million overhaul of the prestigious museum’s central London home.

The winner of the latest contract will draw up a spatial masterplan for Britain’s largest aviation museum which features nearly 200 aircraft, military vehicles and naval vessels.

Constructed during the First World War, Duxford was used by the Royal Air Force until 1961 and the site remains an active airfield hosting regular airshows.

Key buildings include Foster’s £13.5 million American Air Museum ( – which won the 1998 RIBA Stirling Prize – and more than 30 listed structures including several hangers.

According to the contract notice: ‘The architect will be required to create a team which includes mechanical and electrical, structural, landscape design, traffic and visitor flow expertise, to enable the architect to fully understand how IWM can fully achieve its potential as an international museum and visitor attraction.’

Up to five teams will be shortlisted for the high-profile contract which is expected to be worth between £200,000 and £300,000.

The deadline for requests to participate is 2pm on 10 August.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Simon Bourne
Imperial War Museums
Lambeth Road

Tel: +44 2074165257
Email: sbourne@iwm.org.uk




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