‘Futuristic’ design for new Great Central museum

THE Great Central Railway has chosen a very modern design for its new national-standard railway museum at Leicester North.

A side elevation of the new £18 Great Central Museum. GCR
A side elevation of the new £18 Great Central Museum. GCR

The striking design by architects WilkinsonEyre came top out of a shortlist of six, as featured in last month’s issue.

The selection panel chose the design after carrying out due diligence procedures, to ensure that the proposed museum can be built within the allocated £18million budget.

One of the striking features of the WilkinsonEyre design is that it will provide three two-storey exhibition halls, which all end with viewing galleries with panoramic vistas of Leicester.

The new museum will sit on the city’s northern skyline. It will include a turntable to accommodate incoming locomotives on main line charters once the railway’s new bridge over the Midland Main Line at Loughborough, linking it to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), is completed.

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