Shortlist of six set to battle for £6m job designed by Napier Clarke Architects

A West Midlands council has given the green light to a £6m visitor centre at the museum where hit TV series Peaky Blinders is filmed.

The show, which follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of the First World War, is shot at the Black Country Museum in Dudley, which brings together heritage buildings from the industrial region to the north-west of Birmingham..

Black Country Living Musuem

The Black Country Museum in Dudley

Now Dudley council has OK’d plans by Napier Clarke Architects to expand the open-air museum which first opened its doors in 1978.

A shortlist of six contractors will be drawn up for the work which will see three buildings sitting on a plinth of red brick.

Consultants working on the job include structural engineer Donald McIntyre Design, QS Rob Kennedy and civils firm BWB Consulting.

The new centre will be able to cater for up to 5,000 visitors a day and will include retail space and a café. Work will also involve turning the current entrance building into a learning centre.

Construction is set to start this September and finish in December 2020.

The museum includes a collection of Victorian homes, old shops, a canal tunnel, workshops, and a mine. 

It also has plans to create a new zone with shops from the 1940s to the 1960s.