Cooper Cromar were commissioned by the Tank Museum to carry out a detailed analysis of the immediate and future needs of the Museum in terms of improved storage, maintenance and display of its wide range of artefacts, from small components to entire vehicles.
Flexibility was the key, along with a proper understanding of the weights, sizes, turning circles and other unique design criteria involved, which we determined through extensive discussion with the Museum’s highly skilled engineering team.
The museum’s immediate needs were to safely store its current stock of vehicles, currently corralled externally, to prevent further decay and to allow space for refurbishment.
We considered that the Museum Site’s current entrance lacked punch and so conceived a huge gabion diorama wall to create an exciting and dynamic backdrop to examples from the Museum’s collection.
Dan Snow, a trustee of the museum, said, “Yet again the Tank Museum has produced an absolutely world class facility. The new vehicle space gives them a chance to display even more of the collection. Being able to stand on that mezzanine level and look down on the packed ranks of tanks is a thrill. The Tank Museum is fantastic, and the best thing is that it’s still growing.”
The completion of the Centre was timed to coincide with First World War centenary celebrations across the country in 2014.