The Royal Army Chaplain’s Museum, which will house a diverse collection of archives and artefacts while telling the story of Faith in the Forces, is currently under construction at the MOD’s Defence Academy site at Shrivenham. The project is part of a 25-year Defence initiative to invest in a more modern and sustainable estate.
As well as housing permanent collections, the new museum is centred on a purpose-built exhibition gallery that will provide flexible spaces for visiting displays. The landscape is also an integral part of the design, and careful consideration has been given to minimise the impact on the environment while working with the confines of the site. These include an existing watercourse, trees and a highway, while a piled foundation solution was adopted to create a stable base in the poor ground conditions.
The end result will be a striking single storey LVL timber frame construction with deep beams providing visual interest and solar shading.