The British Motor Museum’s Collections Centre wins top construction award
The British Motor Museum is delighted to announce that its Collections Centre has won a RICS Award (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors)in the Tourism and Leisure category (West Midlands). The RICS Awards, which were announced on Friday 20 May at Aston Villa Football Ground in Birmingham, showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and development in land, property construction and the environment. The Collections Centre, which opened in February,was entered by the main contractors GaillifordTry and beat off strong competition from the Golden Square in Birmingham and Wednesbury Leisure Centre.
The awards are open to everyone working within the property profession and celebrate the talents of surveyor, property developers, engineers, planners and architects.TheTourism & Leisure category honours projects that make an outstanding contribution to tourism and leisure facilities, demonstrating the impact the scheme has had on its objectives and how well it has integrated into its surroundings. All regional category winners including the Collections Centre will now be entered into the RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held in London in October.
The two storey, £4 million project Collections Centre provides a large open space to showcase 250 vehicles from the Museums reserve collection, along with a conservation and restoration workshops area for the public to view work in action. The project was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, Jaguar Land Rover, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust and the Jaguar Heritage Trust.
Stephen Laing, Curator at the British Motor Museum, who collected the award on Friday said “The Collections Centre is part of the broader strategy to develop the visitor offer and sustainability of the Trust and the Museum. It is a key part in raising our visitor numbers. There are very few places that the public can look ‘behind the scenes’ at the collections of a major Museum, and this project has enabled us to offer this. The building itself is an iconic structure and now combined with the award, is a great opportunity to raise our profile nationally and even internationally”.
David Bowdley, from GaillifordTry said “Being named the RICS 2016 West Midlands Regional Award Winner in the Leisure and Tourism category is fantastic recognition for the team that have been involved in this iconic project. The collaborative approach, embraced by the British Motor Museum, Weedon Architects, Mace, Clancy Consulting and Galliford Try, ensured that the project successfully achieved it’s main aim to develop an accessible and sustainable home for the BMIHT’s reserve car collection.”
The British Motor Museum is the new name of the Heritage Motor Centre, the venue which houses the collections of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust – over 300 cars spanning the classic, vintage and veteran eras and a fabulous archive of film, photographs, personal papers and business documents.
- The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (the Trust) is an independent educational charity formed in 1983. The Registered Charity Number is 286575. Its mission is to collect, conserve, research and display for the benefit of the nation, motor vehicles, archives and ancillary material relating to the motor industry in Great Britain and to provide a world-class motor museum and major visitor attraction providing a broad based academic and educational facility coupled to an entertaining and attractive display.
- In December 2014 the Trust gained the coveted Designated status from Arts Council England which confirms that its collections are of national significance. The Designation Scheme is a mark of distinction, identifying and celebrating pre-eminent collections of national and international importance in non-national institutions. The Scheme was established in 1997 and is administered by Arts Council England, aiming to raise standards and promote best practice across the sector. (source: Arts Council England)
- The British Motor Museum consists of two buildings – the Museum and the Collections Centre. Together, these buildings house the world’s largest collection of historic British cars; including iconic cars such as the Austin 100 HP, Land Rover No1, Morris Minor No1, the first and last Mini, MG old No1 and the Thunderbirds Fab1 car. The Collections Centre also houses 80 cars from the Jaguar Heritage Collection.
- In addition to the car collections, the British Motor Museum is home to the Trust’s extensive Archive of business, sales and technical documents, photographs and film as well as the personal papers of industry giants such as the Lords Austin and Nuffield, and Sir Alec Issigonis, all of which chart the course of the British motor industry from the 1890’s to the present day.
- The British Motor Museum delivers a range of educational packages which support the National Curriculum – science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects at KS1 to KS4. A wide range of family and lifelong learning activities also take place in the Museum during school holidays.
- Each year the venue hosts a number of highly successful and varied motoring and family events, from the Classic & Vintage Commercial Show to the UK Slot Car Festival, as well as many other marque events, lectures, workshops and rallies. For full details please visit the website www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk .
- The address is British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, British Motor Museum, Banbury Road, Gaydon, Warwickshire CV35 0BJ.
To find out more about the British Motor Museum visit www.britishmotormuseum.co.uk or call 01926 641188.