Buttress Fuller Alsop William has been given the go-ahead for its Stockwood Discovery Centre project in Luton after landing a 3.7 million windfall from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The 6 million project, which has also bagged 1.2 million of Objective 2 European Funding, will see the existing Stockwood Park Museum overhauled and linked to the Mossman Collection of horse-drawn carriages through a new ‘gateway building.’ Selected back in July ( Buttress Fuller draws Stockwood’s carriage trade), the practice has drawn up plans for a new timber-framed centre which will boast a sedum roof, a wood-pellet-fuelled boiler and natural ventilation. The centrepiece of the new museum will be the town’s last tram and there ‘will also be a new themed permanent gallery looking at life and death’. Robyn Llewellyn, the HLF manager for the east of England, said: ‘We are thrilled to give the Stockwood Discovery Centre a major funding boost. ‘Once completed, the centre will have enormous benefits for local people and visitors to Luton, vastly improving the current museum and enabling many more people to enjoy the past on their doorstep.’ Work is due to start next month and the centre is expected to open to the public in July 2008. by Richard Waite