Complex to relocate to Cardiff from current Aldershot base

Scott Brownrigg’s designs for the Museum of Military Medicine’s new home have been given the green light.

The proposals, which will see the museum relocate from its current base in military barracks at Aldershot in Hampshire to new digs in the Welsh capital, were approved by Cardiff council late last month.

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The museum will be built in the Butetown area of Cardiff

The existing museum’s collections, which contain more than 30,000 objects ranging from uniforms, medals, medical equipment, personal artefacts and photographic archives, tell the story about the history of military medicine from the English Civil War to the present day.

The new premises will be located within Cardiff’s docks at Britannia Park in the Butetown district of the city, close to Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Stirling Prize-nominated Senedd building for the Welsh parliament.

Councillor Mike Jones-Pritchard said he hoped the museum would increase footfall in the dockside area of the city, adding: “There’s nothing for the public to really want to come down here. This facility here will provide a pull to the public. Buildings pull people to places.”

The project team includes cost consultant Gleeds, planning consultant Asbri, engineering consultant Cambria, landscape consultant Creatrive Exterior Solutions, MEP consultant Hoare Lea and interactive exhibition consultant ARS Electronica.

The museum will include new exhibitions on the history of Butetown in terms of military medicine.