Swindon Borough Council has approved plans to build a collections management facility for The Science Museum Group (SMG) at its national centre in Wroughton, near Swindon.
Pegasus Group submitted the application on behalf of SMG in what will be the group’s single largest project for 20 years and is set to transform how it manages, cares for and shares its world-leading collection.
Objects from the Science Museum Group collection will be stored, researched and prepared in the new facility before they go on display across the Group’s family of museums: the Science Museum in London; the National Railway Museum in York; the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester; the National Science and Media Museum in Bradford; and Locomotion in Shildon.
Construction is due to start next year. The building will cover a footprint of 26,000 square metres and facilities inside will include storage halls, conservation laboratories, research spaces and photography studios.
Colin Virtue, Executive Director from consultants Pegasus Group, said of the project: “It is immensely pleasing to secure planning permission for such an exciting and important project as this.
“The delivery of this purpose-built centre will secure tangible benefits for Wroughton and the surrounding area and it is expected that the positive economic impact will be important at local level during the construction and subsequent operation of the facility.”