26th November 2018

PMAG Goes in for Planning

Glancy Nicholls Architects are happy to announce that the Planning Application has been submitted for our PMAG – Spitfire Pavilion development in Hanley.

In 1972, the RAF gifted a Mk.XVI Spitfire to the city of Stoke-on-Trent to commemorate the original designer of the Spitfire, Reginald Mitchell, who was born in Stoke-on-Trent. The Spitfire has since been exhibited in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and is currently undergoing refurbishment by specialists, which is due for completion towards the end of 2019.

Stoke City Council recognise the importance of this artefact as a key piece of local history and have commissioned this project to provide a new exhibition space by extending the locally Listed museum. The spitfire is to be prominently displayed in the new extension, which is to be visible from the surrounding areas to draw people into the museum.

The Spitfire Pavilion is to be located to the southern façade of the museum, partly demolishing the existing café extension which was completed in the 2000’s. The project also includes a light refurbishment to the café area, as it has been identified as a key approach to the Spitfire exhibition which will become part of the journey and experience. There will also be an outside seating area for the café which sits atop a new hidden plant room to service the extension. A partial mezzanine level will sit around the Spitfire, allowing for elevated views and providing additional space for exhibits.