Attractions industry news

19 Oct 2017

Thames Estuary Experience secures architect HawkinsBrown

An £40m museum dedicated to the history of the River Thames and maritime heritage of the estuary is to be built on the seafront at Southend.

Following a public tender from Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, it has been announced that London-based architects HawkinsBrown will deliver the new 10,000sq m (107,639sq ft) Thames Estuary Experience attraction, which will include the museum, a planetarium, restaurant, retail outlet and multi-storey parking.

The museum will feature interactive and multi-sensory exhibits and historic artefacts including remnants from a Royal Anglo-Saxon tomb and the 17th-century shipwreck of The London.

Plans for the museum, originally conceived as the Southend-on-Sea Museum, are not new, with AEW Architects designing the concept in 2009 and planning permission being granted three years later. HawkinsBrown will work from these designs, with the carpark opening in phase one, and the museum to follow.

As part of their research for the development, Southend councillors have visited attractions such as the Jorvik Centre in York, Flambards in Cornwall and the Warner Bros Studio Tour and Museum of London.

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Premier League football a 'significant generator' of inbound tourism

The English Premier League (EPL) is a major driver of inbound tourism into Britain – especially when it comes to sports fans from long-haul destinations. [more...]

London's Science Museum to open gallery charting the city's rise as a scientific power

A telescope that once belonged to Sir Isaac Newton, the microscope used by Robert Hooke to create the captivating drawings of insects and plants in his book Micrographia, and a range of objects commissioned by England's King George III upon his coronation, are among the exhibits at a new permanent gallery in London's Science Museum. [more...]

Plans for Mullin UK car museum get the go-ahead

Proposals for a world-class automotive museum in the heart of the English countryside have moved a step further to realisation after West Oxfordshire District Council awarded outline planning permission for the plans. [more...]

Natural History Museum seeks new director after Sir Michael Dixon announces retirement date

Sir Michael Dixon, director of the Natural History Museum in London, is bringing his 15-year tenure to an end, after announcing that he will retire from the role on 31 March 2021, having overseen the first year of the museum's new Strategy to 2031. [more...]

New museum celebrating F1 legend Jim Clark to open in July

The life and career of two-time Formula One world champion Jim Clark is to be celebrated with a new £1.6m (US$2.03m, €1.8m) museum – partly funded by the UK's National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) – in Duns, in the Scottish Borders. [more...]

Update: boy who fell from Twister rollercoaster in 'critical condition'

The 7-year-old boy who fell from a rollercoaster at Lightwater Valley theme park in Yorkshire, UK on Thursday is in a critical condition. [more...]

In brief:

Airbnb teams up with 23andMe to promote DNA-based heritage travel @Airbnb @23andMe [more...]
Museum Index: Louvre breaks attendance record as Europe continues to lead global museum market @TEA_Connect @AECOM @MuseeLouvre [more...]
Kew Gardens opens giant natural play zone @kewgardens [more...]
17th annual Museums and Heritage awards honour 'innovative and ground-breaking initiatives' @MandHShow [more...]
New tourist attraction for Inverness Castle, as LDN Architects appointed to transform site @LDNArchitects @InvernessCastle [more...]
Butlin’s opens 'revolutionary' £40m pool designed by FITCH @FITCHdesign @Butlins #SwimmingPool #HelterSkelter #Butlins [more...]
London's first riverside linear park to feature 'wellness portals' @ThePeninsulist @dsrny @ArupGroup [more...]
EAS rebranded as IAAPA Expo Europe as the event heads to Paris this September @IAAPAEMEA @IAAPAHQ [more...]
Golden toilet among Cattelan exhibits set for Blenheim Palace @BlenheimPalace @maurizio_art [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back