News: 7 March 2016Barton Willmore to lead planning for landmark Heritage Centre

Barton Willmore has been appointed as the planning, stakeholder engagement and environmental consultant for the major new Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre – the future home of the Royal Artillery Museum’s historic collection.

The project will see the internationally renowned collection move from London to the new purpose-built Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre facility at Larkhill – combining the military history of the Royal Artillery with the rich and diverse heritage of Salisbury Plain.

The proposed location of the heritage centre will look out over vast swaths of historic grassland, which has been a focus of military life for the past 300 years.

As the planning and environmental consultant for the project, Barton Willmore will be working to minimise the impact of the 6,000 sqm development on the surrounding nationally and internationally protected environment while enhancing the attraction for visitors to Salisbury Plain and the surrounding historic monuments.

Gareth Wilson, Partner for Barton Willmore, said:

“We are delighted to have been appointed as the planning, stakeholder engagement and environmental advisors for this exciting, landmark project.

“In this sensitive area, we are helping to create a lasting cultural and educational attraction. We will be working closely with the local community and other stakeholders to ensure the project is delivered to the highest standard, while protecting and enhancing this internationally important environment.”

As well as carrying out the planning and environmental services for the project, Gareth and his team will be undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement for the project to ensure the plans are brought forward in the right way on such an important site. Barton Willmore will be consulting widely from local residents to national bodies and institutions.

As well as carrying out the planning and environmental services for the project, Gareth and his team will be undertaking extensive stakeholder engagement for the project to ensure the plans are brought forward in the right way on such an important site. Barton Willmore will be consulting widely from local residents to national bodies and institutions.

Gareth continued: 

“The Salisbury Plain Heritage Centre is a unique project that will represent the next chapter in the area's military and cultural heritage. As well as state-of-the-art interactive displays, the Heritage Centre will include open outdoor spaces including viewing terraces, an extensive trench system, a cafe, a children’s play area, a community garden and an enhanced events space.

“We look forward to working with Royal Artillery Museums Ltd to bring forward this important project."

If approved, the new Heritage centre is due to open in January 2021.

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