27 Oct WWA Part of Plymouth History Centre Team
WWA as part of the Atkins team, have been appointed to drive the development of the £21m Plymouth History Centre. The appointment follows initial support* from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) earlier this year – including a £940,300 development grant – for a £12.8m grant for the Plymouth History Centre.
The Plymouth History Centre will transform the existing City Museum and Art Gallery in North Hill into a cutting-edge, interactive centre, three times its existing size. It will provide a new home for the city’s five most fascinating and vast historic collections, making them more accessible to everyone.
The official partners to the project are Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth and West Devon Record Office, South West Film and Television Archive, South West Image Bank and the University of Plymouth.
The Atkins, Exeter based team will be leading the project, with Ward Williams Associates providing project management services.
Jeremy Dunn, Senior Associate Director, said: “It is great to be working with Atkins on this exciting project. Working on this hugely exciting opportunity to bring together the five collections in both new and restored historically significant buildings, is a challenge that we look forward to with relish.”
WWA have a track record of involvement with significant heritage projects including the Heartlands Project, and the proposed Melville hotel and Factory Cooperage projects in the Royal William Yard.
Andrew Gilbert, Director, said: “This project provides the city with a fantastic opportunity to showcase Plymouth’s rich heritage and history. As a local consultancy WWA has a vested interest in making this project a success and are therefore delighted to be part of the team selected to bring the Plymouth History Centre forward”
*Heritage Grants (HG) applications are assessed in two rounds. A first-round pass is given when HLF has endorsed outline proposals and earmarked funding. A first-round pass may also include an immediate award to fund the development of the project. Detailed proposals are then considered by HLF at second-round and as long as plans have progressed satisfactorily and according to the original proposal, an award for the project is confirmed.