Foster + Partners submits plans for Mullin Automotive Park in UK

WCN Editorial Team 16 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

British architecture and integrated design company Foster + Partners has submitted plans to the West Oxfordshire District Council seeking planning approval for the Mullin Automotive Park at Enstone Airfield.

The plans include proposals to rehabilitate a disused airfield on part of the site to construct an automotive museum in the heart of the British countryside.

The project is also intended to generate employment locally and support the growing community of classic automobile collectors.

Foster + Partners head of studio Gerard Evenden said: “We are delighted to be part of this exciting new development that represents the convergence of mobility and lifestyle to create a new vision for the future.

“The Mullin Automotive Park will be a unique cultural destination set in Cotswold countryside, that seeks to support the wider community as well as providing a special experience for classic automobile collectors.”

The museum will capture the history of automobiles over the last century, be an open-ended collection that charts the changing face of mobility in the future; and be a centre of knowledge, education and excellence that showcases the impact automobiles have on the people’s lives.

Inspired by the idea of a rural estate, the design includes a landscape towards the main building that forms an integral part of the overall experience for visitors.

A cluster of workshop-type buildings with visitor facilities, including the ticket office and café, will be located at the entrance of the site, from where visitors can walk to the museum.

The museum buildings will be arranged in a crescent, which will be the focal point of the development, allowing for most of the site to remain as green parkland.

The automotive park also features roads particularly designed for ‘exercising’ cars from the Mullin collection, providing visitors with an immersive experience.

Furthermore, a series of residential pavilions and landscaped lodges will bring automotive enthusiasts closer to their collections.

The design is aimed at maximising thermal performance, along with other passive measures and renewable technologies that minimise energy consumption.

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Image: Rendering of the Mullin Automotive Park at Enstone Airfield, UK. Photo: Courtesy of Foster + Partners.

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