New Heritage Motor Centre and Rarely Seen Before Car Collections to be Unveiled Autumn 2015
Article posted on: 16th June 2015
Intended to house in the region of 200 historic British vehicles, the Museum Collections Centre, which makes up part of the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, is a £4 million project part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Garfield Weston Foundation and Jaguar Land Rover.
This new building will allow visitors access to view entire collections of rare cars, some never before seen by the public and is reportedly the most ambitious project undertaken at the Heritage Motor Centre since their opening in 1993. Similarly to the main museum there will be a mix of interesting and unusual cars in the Collections Centre, ranging from some of the oldest British cars, to sports cars and one-off prototypes, some of which have rarely been seen by the public before.
Work on site commenced at the end of January 2015 with Clancy Consulting appointed to provide engineering consultancy services for the Civil, Structural and Mechanical and Electrical works. The purpose built facility, partially located over the footprint of an existing lake will provide vehicle storage and display areas, a restoration and conservation workshop with public viewing areas and office accommodation.
Following the partial infilling of the existing pond with engineered fill the piling works have now been completed, with the contractor (at the time of writing) erecting the steel frame and first floor decking. The development of the project can be tracked on a time-lapse webcam which gives us the opportunity to track the development of the project in real time sat at our desks!