Portsmouth D-Day Museum

Client: Heritage Lottery Fund & Portsmouth City Council
Architect: Hampshire City Council
QS: Focus Consultants
M&E: Pope Consulting
Value: £1,900,000
Programme: 26 Weeks


The D-Day Museum was awarded £4million by the Herit-age Lottery Fund (HLF) to enable Portsmouth City Council, with the support of the Portsmouth D-Day Museum Trust, to create an international museum to tell the story of D-Day in the 21st Century.

Internal spaces have been opened up and the café has been repositioned. This has created more exhibition space, and, by allowing the height of the existing building to be used more effectively, enable dramatic new displays to be created.

Pilbeam worked closely with the Museum, and their visi-tors including veterans, schoolchildren, teachers, families and community groups, to ensure that the space can be enjoyed by the widest possible audience.

A new space was created for the café, allowing the Dul-verton Wing to be used solely as an activity/learning space.

The museum has been nominated for European museum of the year 2019, shortlisted for a LABC award and finalist in the Civic Trust awards.

“Pilbeam understood the complexities and coordination required with working alongside a separate exhibition contractor team during phases of the work and the need to meet deadlines.”

Laura Jarman – Hampshire County Council