Carter Jonas is to prepare the planning application for the Natural History Museum’s new Collections, Digitisation and Research Centre at Thames Valley Science Park.

The property consultant and Thames Tap partner will work with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, and CPC in the preparation of the application, due to be submitted in late 2023.

The museum was recently granted an additional £20 million of Government funding for its Unlocked programme, on top of £182m announced at 2020 Spring Budget.

The programme involves moving more than 28 million specimens to the new site.

Doug Gurr, director of the museum, said: “This new facility allows the Natural History Museum to safely store its irreplaceable collections for generations to come. Once built, the centre will help find solutions to the planetary emergency using collections and research to answer the big questions of today including maintaining food security, improving biodiversity and addressing climate change.”

Nicky Brock, partner at Carter Jonas in Oxford, said: The Natural History Museum cares for more than 80 million specimens, spanning billions of years. We are very pleased to be able to assist the Museum, in its plans leading up to its 150th anniversary in 2031, in securing the future of this extremely important collection.”

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