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Progress for Transport Museum project as new extension is approved


By David Porter

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An extension is to be added to a popular north-east museum following approval of planning permission.

The Grampian Transport Museum in Alford submitted an application to Aberdeenshire Council for an extension and alterations which will form part of a new exhibition.

The plans also included the installation of temporary exhibits and two air source heat pumps to provide heat and power to the museum.

A new fully glazed walkway will be constructed leading to a new exhibit of a Van Hool hydrogen bus which will be used as a teaching facility.

The Hydrogen bus will be converted into a learning facility
The Hydrogen bus will be converted into a learning facility

The extension will be located within the existing museum grounds and builds onto the existing structure.

Museum Curator Mike Ward said “We are very pleased to hear that our plans for our green energy improvements have been approved.

"The projects have been very kindly funded by the Museums and Galleries Scotland (MGS) Recovery and Resilience Fund to help us to improve our energy efficiency, making the museum more sustainable in the future by reducing our energy costs and we welcome the support of the planners in achieving this.”

A report by council officers stated that the new exhibit would “add to and expand existing tourist offering” at the museum and were “of appropriate siting, design and scale”.


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