AJ120 practice Purcell has been appointed to design a new centre for military heritage in Larkhill, Wiltshire
The new museum is set to create a new home to share the heritage of the Salisbury Plain military training area and will include exhibition space, a shop, a restaurant, support areas and other visitor amenities.
Outdoor spaces will also feature a display arena with viewing terraces, an extensive trench network, a café, a children’s play area, an assault course and a community garden and processional avenue.
Purcell partner Alasdair Travers, said: ‘Placing a major new museum on Salisbury Plain in the context of over 5,000 years of human history is both a fabulous opportunity and a serious responsibility. From our first visit we have been inspired by the sheltering nature of the land and the shifting character of the sky and how our designs can bring these two elements together.’
Project architect Richard Woods, added: ‘We have consciously held a balance: avoiding an excessively intrusive intervention into the landscape, while providing a strong new design to house an internationally significant collection in an extraordinary setting.’
Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre Entrance
Location Larkhill, Wiltshire
Type of project cultural
Cost consultant Artelia
Planning consultant Barton Willmore
Building engineer Arup
Landscape architect Arup