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Thursday, 14 November, 2002, 21:14 GMT
Designer of military museum is named
Concept model - top view
The museum will create a new landmark.
Architect Austin-Smith:Lord has been chosen to design the National Army Museum North.

It will occupy a site in Richmondshire near to Marne Barracks, Catterick, adjacent to the A1.

The museum will comprise a three-storey rotunda, incorporating a shop, cafe, education centre, lecture theatre and orientation area.

From the roof visitors will be able to view the outside exhibition area with its trenches and demonstrations of heritage military vehicles.

Military history

Simon Pierce, of Austin-Smith:Lord, said: "The expansive nature of the site and the requirement for a landmark building suggested the need for a composition of simple and pure forms to create a scale and formality that would help to announce the building against the backdrop of Marne Barracks."

The 19m centre aims to provide an insight into local and national military history from the Victorian era.

David Smurthwaite, assistant director of the National Army Museum, said the organisation was now sourcing local materials to achieve the design.

Austin-Smith:Lord beat off competition from HOK, Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, RHWL and Gibberd Limited.

The museum is due to be completed in summer 2005.


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