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Nicholas Hare bags Milton Keynes Museum job

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Nicholas Hare Architects has won a competition for the £7.5million expansion of the Milton Keynes Museum

The AJ100 practice – working with exhibition designer Mather & Co and Wates Construction – defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival teams to win the high-profile design and build contract.

The project aims to transform the museum – currently located inside a Victorian farmhouse – into a ‘national attraction’ welcoming more than 100,000 visitors a year.

Two new galleries will be created exploring Milton Keynes’ history from pre-history through to the present day.

Nicholas Hare partner John Leonard said: ‘We were fascinated by the museum’s existing collection and fully support its aim to capture and display the unique history of Milton Keynes.  This expansion is a tremendous opportunity to build high quality galleries and in so doing revitalize the experience for visitors.’

Museum director Bill Griffiths said: ‘We have one task as a team and that is to build the best museum in the country. We don’t want to be like any other museum, but to produce something that, like the present museum, has heart and soul.’

He continued: ‘With such a strong team on board we believe we can make this happen: create a museum that really involves its visitors, that is memorable and exciting, that the people of Milton Keynes will feel pride in, and that will draw visitors from all over the UK.’

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