The Tank Museum



Market Sector: Refurbishment

Client: The Board of Trustees of the Tank Museum

Architect: Kennedy O'Callaghan

In 2008 Bourne Steel constructed the bespoke and complex  home for a world-class collection of over 300 tanks.

As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund sponsored project, the world’s largest and most historically significant collection of tanks needed a new steel framed building with improved display areas and new amenities.

Bourne Steel constructed a large display area, an administration block, cafeteria, main entrance hall with gift shop and a 20m-high viewing tower. The tower is a landmark as well as a structural focal point. The hall was designed as a quarter circle, with the tower as its axis. The majority of the exhibition display areas had to be column-free to aid the movement of exhibits in, out and around the hall. The Queen officially opened the museum in 2009.