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Restoring the British Engineerium Visitor Centre

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A project to restore and upgrade the listed buildings at the British Engineerium Visitor Centre continues to make great progress.

The project comprises the restoration of a collection of 19th Century buildings which house a selection of fully restored steam engines. Work includes the restoration of the site’s boiler house, the engine room, the exhibition hall and the workshop, along with the creation of new buildings to extend facilities.

An ongoing programme of landscaping works is also taking place on the project. 

Work began on the project in 2006 and is due to reach completion in 2016. Adenstar Developments is the main contractor, with Purvis Draughting Limited as designers. 

Speaking to Premier Construction magazine about the restoration work, Architectural Technician, Phil Purvis, said:

“Mike Holland saved The British Engineerium from the auctioneer’s block and almost certain destruction. He has made a huge personal investment in its restoration. 

British Engineerium Visitor Centre

“There are four buildings that are being restored; all were pretty rundown, so they have had major work conducted on them. 

“All of the restoration works are progressing extremely well and the new buildings are on schedule for completion this year, with fitting-out to follow.”

Although the buildings are closed to visitors at present, a British Engineerium open day took place in February 2013 to give members of the public a taste of what is to come. Around 500 people attended the event, which saw staff dressed in period costume, whilst guided tours took place.

Commenting on the open day, Phil said:

“Lots of people turned up and there was a wealth of interest, people loved it and kids had a great time.”

British Engineerium Visitor Centre

Phil has been involved with the restoration works since they began and it is a project which he is very enthusiastic about.

Phil said:

“With both new build and restoration works, Mike Holland is enhancing the Engineerium’s stature as an important part of Brighton & Hove’s industrial heritage.”

Phil added:

“I think this is the most enjoyable project I have worked on, and I believe the public will derive great enjoyment from it for many years to come.”

British Engineerium Visitor Centre

For more information on the British Engineerium and the ongoing restoration works, please visit: www.britishengineerium.org.

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