An innovative archive facility for the NMSI's Big Object Store which is constructed within an existing aircraft hangar and located on a former WWII airfield.
The unit is built on a steel primary structure using a combination of pre-fabricated hemp panels and CLT Timber floor cassettes. The combination of materials means that the facility is able to achieve the desired airtightness and a stable internal temperature, essential for the storage of valuable items.
The materials used at Wroughton made it possible to design an archive facility in which the internal climate is heavily influenced by the fabric of the building, thus significantly dampening the influence of the seasonal weather changes.
The site, which is not generally open to the public, houses more than 16,000 items including the Museum's civil aircraft collection and many objects from its agricultural, engineering, transport, science and media collections.
The largest item housed at Wroughton is the 'Wood Press' which was built by Henry Wood in New York in 1934 and is a section of the last operational Fleet Street press. In its day the Wood Press formed 15% of the Daily Mail & Evening News press facility and weighs in at 140 tonnes.
Location: Wroughton, Wiltshire, UK
Client: National Museum of Science & Industry
Architect: Emission Zero
Main Contractor: Lime Technology
CLT Supplier: Stora Enso
Completion: September 2012
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