Under the leadership of Mike Harrison, Terence O'Rourke were appointed to work alongside Kennedy O'Callaghan Architects on the architectural design and detailing for a new display hall building for The Tank Museum at Bovington, Dorset. The new building is approximately 5,700 sq m and was funded in part with £8.5 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project involved close partnership working between the two firms at design development, tender and construction phases.
Existing buildings were retained and refurbished, and new build elements include a display hall, shop, café, landmark tower, and a new outside arena for tank displays. The distinctive tower gives the museum a unique focal point and a vantage point from which staff can control external displays. The construction was completed whilst the museum remained open and fully operational. The structure is robust, concrete retaining structures with a lightweight steel frame over. The building was delivered on time and for the lowest cost per sqm of all the National Lottery museum projects.