Plans sub­mit­ted for Bay mil­i­tary medicine mu­seum

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

PLANS for a huge new mu­seum in Cardiff ded­i­cated to mil­i­tary med­i­cal his­tory have been for­mally sub­mit­ted.

The Mu­seum of Mil­i­tary Medicine would hold the na­tional col­lec­tion of art, arte­facts, archives and ex­hibits.

The archives in the mu­seum would be used by re­searchers in medicine and med­i­cal his­tory and go back to the Napoleonic Wars.

The four-storey mu­seum would be built on land in Cardiff Bay which neigh­bours the Trav­elodge Ho­tel off Hem­ing­way Road, Cardiff Bay.

The orig­i­nal plans showed it on land di­rectly next to the dis­used rail­way sta­tion; how­ever, the new plans are for it to be built on the other side of Lloyd Ge­orge Av­enue.

All the ex­hibits that will be dis­played at the mu­seum are cur­rently at Keogh Bar­racks near Alder­shot.

Ac­cord­ing to de­sign­ers, Cardiff was se­lected for its trans­port links with other parts of the UK.

It says the for­mer Bute Road sta­tion has a di­rect con­nec­tion with the med­i­cal ser­vices story, as it was the em­barka­tion point for wounded soldiers in World War I on their way to mil­i­tary hos­pi­tals in South Wales and the west of Eng­land.

Re­lo­cat­ing the mu­seum would al­low growth and a greater tourist reach.

The new build­ing has been de­signed by Scott Brown­rigg and plans have now been sub­mit­ted to Cardiff coun­cil for con­sid­er­a­tion.

The de­sign of the build­ing is for a “con­tem­po­rary fac­tory of knowl­edge and ed­u­ca­tion” as well as be­ing a “large scale stor­age and dis­play box of arte­facts of sig­nif­i­cance”. It is made up of three “boxes” with dif­fer­ent “de­grees of opac­ity”. The ex­ter­nal cover of the build­ing would be cop­per which would give “char­ac­ter­is­tic views of the city land­scape through strate­gi­cally lo­cated cuts on it”.

The de­sign has been cre­ated to hide the “least in­ter­est­ing” parts of the ho­tel and Red Dragon Cen­tre.

The build­ing will be en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, ac­cord­ing to de­vel­op­ers.

A con­nected ramp is in­cluded in the de­sign, as well as an atrium space fac­ing a plaza and the his­toric rail­way sta­tion.

The West­min­ster Gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing £2m to sub­sidise the re­lo­ca­tion of the mu­seum, which could start construction early next year if it re­ceives ap­proval and full fund­ing and would fin­ish in early 2020.

A spokesman said: “The mu­seum aims to tell the story of mil­i­tary medicine and its ben­e­fits to the wider public in a mod­ern, im­mer­sive and in­ter­ac­tive way. The mu­seum will not only house a fan­tas­tic col­lec­tion of arte­facts, in­clud­ing uni­forms and in­signia, med­i­cal, den­tal and vet­eri­nary equip­ment and am­bu­lances, but also has an ex­ten­sive li­brary and ar­chive that records the many sto­ries of those that have served and their achieve­ments.”

Since de­tails of the de­sign were first re­leased, it has been nom­i­nated for an in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tec­ture award. It is a fi­nal­ist in the World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val Fu­ture Project – Cul­ture Award, the win­ner of which will be an­nounced at the World Ar­chi­tec­ture Fes­ti­val in Ber­lin which runs from Novem­ber 15 to 17.

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