Leyland’s British Commercial Vehicle Museum – TRP on the right road for £2m vehicle museum revamp

Leading structural engineering specialist TRP Consulting is helping deliver a major £2 million facelift for the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.

TRP Consulting, which is based in Manchester, specialises in providing civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy services.

It is working with award-winning Manchester-headquartered architectural practice OMI Architects on the revamp for the acclaimed museum in the Lancashire town of Leyland.

The work, made possible by a £1.8m National Lottery Grant, will secure the long-term future of the attraction, which has a reputation as one of the finest motor museums in Europe.

It hosts a collection of antiquarian buses, early fire engines and other historical and commercial vehicles produced by the British motor industry over the decades.

The work involves repairing and refurbishing the former 1930s vehicle finishing shop the museum occupies and the creation of a new café, shop and activity and conferencing space for school visits and activities. The museum will also get a new entrance and reception area.

TRP Consulting Director Geoff Wilks said: “The British Commercial Vehicle Museum celebrates the nation’s amazing manufacturing and engineering heritage.

We are working with OMI, which has a fantastic track record in delivering heritage projects, to bring some exciting changes and improvements to the attraction that will help to secure its future and allow it to reopen all year round.

The work, which also includes major repairs to the building’s roof, as well as the creation of new internal spaces, is progressing well, with an October re-opening planned.”

TRP Consulting provides a full range of civil, structural and environmental engineering consultancy services – providing a broad knowledge base and promoting a proactive approach to project delivery.

The practice, with its head office in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and also has an office in Preston, was established in November 2000 and has demonstrated the ability to deliver high quality consultancy services on major projects in both the public and private sectors.

It has carried out work on building and design projects for companies and organisations in sectors ranging from advanced manufacturing and aerospace to the health service.

In the leisure sector TRP Consulting is also helping deliver the first phase of the ambitious £20m redevelopment of Newbury Racecourse.

The practice is also working on the creation of Blackpool’s first five-star hotel which will be built in the shadow of the resort’s iconic Tower.