The Tank Museum, Bovington

King Shaw Associates were appointed as environmental engineers for the Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset. Originally engaged in 2002 to provide a feasibility study and master plan for re-development we have since undertaken three design and construction projects for them: converting a former workshop into a secure collection store; re-cladding and re-roofing a large part of their existing building stock and the £8.5 million, heritage lottery funded project to build a new display hall and visitor facilities.

This new hall is designed to improve visitor access to the principle elements of the collection and free up space elsewhere in the Museum. We developed a novel combination of under- floor displacement ventilation system and radiant heating to provide suitable conservation conditions for the hugely varied collection. Operating efficiency and sustainability were key issues for the museum so we developed a comprehensive approach to the conservation environmental control, based on a thorough understanding of the science behind corrosion.

Client: The Tank Museum
Value: £12,000,000
Architect: Kennedy O’Callaghan Architects & Terence O’Rourke Architects