Morgan Sindall Construction will build a gallery extension at the city’s museum as Stoke-on-Trent City Council has given the clearance. The construction will house the iconic Spitfire RW388. The aircraft was removed from the public eye for restoration in 2018.
The old aircraft will go back on display in 2021 when the purpose-built gallery is finished. With the estimation design works of £5.4m, a 3,800sq ft building will be completed with specialised new structural glazing. This allows the visitors to witness the Spitfire from outside the museum.
Morgan Sindall will also carry out a light refurbishment to the existing 4,200 square foot cafe. The modifications include internal improvements to the walls, floor finishes, and ceilings. Foundation work is underway with steelwork is set to begin in early autumn.
The creator of the Spitfire plane, Reginald J. Mitchell, was born and educated in North Staffordshire. His invention of the Spitfire plane made him a renowned person.