The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich has awarded a £35m construction contract to Bovis Lend Lease for a new wing designed for special exhibitions.

The new Sammy Ofer wing will offer 800m² of space for special exhibitions, an open archive centre, learning spaces, a new south entrance and visitor facilities including a restaurant, cafe and shop.

Bovis’s team consists of Churchman Landscape Architects, structural engineer Adam Kara Taylor, building service engineer Fulcrum Consulting, cost manager Turner & Townsend and planning consultant Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners.

The wing is named after the international shipping magnate and philanthropist Sammy Ofer, who has offered £20m for the project.

Construction is expected to start in August with the venue scheduled to host equestrian events for the 2012 Olympics.