WilkinsonEyre's design chosen for £18m Great Central Railway Museum, Leicester

WilkinsonEyre's design has been chosen from a shortlist of six candidates following a competition for a new railway museum in Leicester. 

The Heritage Lottery Fund-supported project is a partnership between the award-winning Great Central Railway, Leicester City Council and the York-based National Railway Museum. It will house significant locomotives from the national collection, which will sit alongside the heritage railways terminus at Leicester North station.

Andy Munro the Chief Executive of the Great Central Railway said, “This will be a museum for the whole of the city and the county and it was vital we consulted as widely as possible before choosing the winning design. There were several key factors to consider; would the new building be the right environment for the intended displays, was it iconic enough considering where it will sit on the city skyline and of course, does it fit with the projects budget? The museum team were set a hard task by such a high standard of shortlisted schemes, but we’re confident we have chosen the right one.”

WilkinsonEyre's design will see three two-storey exhibition halls constructed alongside Leicester North station. A glass wall will allow visitors arriving by train to see into the museum and vice versa. This design also allows the Great Central to retain the existing railway station building and platform.

Chris Wilkinson said “We are delighted to have won this project in such a strong competition and we are looking forward to progressing the design which will be a great asset for Leicester.”