Project management:
Greenham Control Tower

Converting a building of historical importance – the 1950s control tower at the former Greenham Common air base – into a museum celebrating the part that the air base played in both war time and peace time.

The brief

Greenham Common began life as an RAF airbase, but was taken over by the US air force as a base for cruise missiles during the 1980s.

One of only four of its kind left in the UK, the control tower has listed building status, and was derelict for many years. In 2015, Greenham Common Parish Council began the process of refurbishment. Having experienced a few difficulties, the parish council appointed Place Partnership to complete the refurbishment.

Our approach

As the project management and building surveying team, we designed the required changes in house, carrying out in-depth consultations with the local conservation officer who was keen to retain as much of the building’s original character and historical legacy as possible

Several challenges were presented by the remote nature of the site and its proximity to a local nature reserve. We planned all refurbishment work to have a minimal impact on the local wildlife.

Planning and conservation consultations were part of our daily routine, while ongoing security discussions with the local police team ensured opportunities for crime to impact on the use of the visitor centre were kept to a minimum.

Services we provided

  • design team-led project management
  • pre-planning consultation
  • stakeholder engagement
  • full procurement and tender analysis
  • quantity surveying
  • risk management
  • soft handover
  • defects rectification

The results

Property of significant historical interest is preserved for future generations

The site now offers a range of visitor facilities, including a café, information centre and viewing tower, and provides information about the local nature reserve as well as the history of the control tower itself.

  • Iconic structure converted into a museum, café and visitor centre, celebrated by the local community

  • High standard of refurbishment respects the historical importance and listed status of the structure

  • Historical artefacts from the building’s Cold War past are reinstated

  • Conservation requirements were met throughout the process