Posted: 7th December
Museum of Scouting, Gilwell Park
RLF London has been appointed as Cost Manager, Project Manager and Advisor to Principal Designer on the new Scout Museum and Heritage Centre.
The museum will be located within Gilwell Park, the first place where Scout leaders were trained in 1919, and now a Scout Adventure Centre that is home to several national events. The facility will provide accommodation for these events, as well as new activities for both the Scouts and the general public.
The focal point of the 1,600 m2 (17,200 ft2) visitor’s centre will be the structure’s ‘Big Tent’ canopy, made up of a quilt of brightly-coloured Scout neckerchiefs symbolic of the various troops from around the world. The panels will be made from coated polyester and will span from the perimeter of the central gathering space up to a 15m tall timber clock and bell tower. The tent and tower will serve as a beacon guiding visitors through the park’s new heritage trail, while provided stack-effect ventilation for the heritage centre.
The single-story buildings that make up the complex will be constructed from pre-fabricated, cross-laminated timber to minimize construction time on site and clad in timber to integrate into the surrounding mature landscape. The scheme will contain exhibition space telling the history of the Scouting movement, a climate-controlled archive, a cafe and shop. Opening exhibits will range from founder Robert Baden-Powell’s Rolls Royce and Caravan to delicate film and paper items.
The opening is planned for 2019.