The museum will provide a home for the BPMA’s collection, which includes photographs, posters, pillar boxes and a stamp collection.
FCBS was appointed to the project from Royal Mail Group’s framework, following a limited competition process. The practice says no interior design group has yet been appointed to the project, and a completion date has not yet been set.
FCBS says it is aiming to ‘create a landmark building, which is both welcoming and accessible to its visitors while also dealing with the practical aspects that are specific to museum and archive design including security, environmental control and visitor routes.’
Calthorpe House is being leased to the BPMA by RMG, which is also providing a loan to cover some of the conversion costs. BPMA is set to launch a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining funds.