Client: The Scouts Association
Timescale: Planned completion 2019
Size: Combined 1,600m²
This project was won in an international architecture competition, and when complete, will create a new museum and visitor centre for The Scout Association at their headquarters in Gilwell Park. The scheme includes an exhibition space, a climate controlled archive store, and a new café and shop.
Gilwell Park has a rich history and was the first place where Scout Leaders were trained and issued with Baden-Powell’s famous ‘Wood Badge’. As well as being the TSA headquarters the site is a Scout Activity Centre and the spiritual home of Scouting worldwide, with regular large ‘jamborees’ and festivals.
Our design will create a place of celebration on the site by centering the scheme around a colourful ‘Big Tent’, with Scout neckerchiefs below to represent the troops on site. A new tower will act as a beacon to guide visitors along a heritage trail, as well as being a clock tower, a bell tower and a stack-effect ventilation chimney for the proposed heritage centre.
The scheme is rooted in Scout History to create a colourful and fun heart to UK Scouting.