Firm building new Doctor Who home

Matt Smith as the current Doctor Who
Matt Smith as the current Doctor Who

A GARSTANG company has been given the job of building Doctor Who’s new Welsh home.

In summer 2012 the popular Doctor Who Experience tourist attraction will move from its current location in London to a brand new purpose-built base in Cardiff, next to the BBC’s Roath Lock Studios where the show will be filmed.

And Collinson plc has won the contract to construct the new building to house the famous multi-sensory interative Doctor Who Experience exhibition.

Working in conjunction with Cardiff City Council and the BBC, Collinson will design and construct the 3000m³ tensile membrane building, which in addition to the space-age shape created by the unique structure will also feature an impressive glazed curtain wall lending a futuristic feel sci-fi fans will undoubtedly approve of. As well as the main exhibition hall attraction, the building will feature a first floor mezzanine and accommodation to include reception area, café and classroom.

The exhibition will take visitors on an exciting journey through special effects, sets and memorabilia from the series, including a recreation of the modern Tardis.

Fans will be able to see brand new footage of current Doctor Matt Smith and meet many of the Doctor’s nemeses, from Daleks and Cybermen to Ice Warriors and the colossal K-I robot.

Dan Collinson, director at Collinson, said: “We are thrilled to be chosen to work on the Doctor Who project. To be part of creating something imaginative and extraordinary is always exciting for us. We’re confident the finished result will not only impress visitors to the exhibition, but we hope it will inspire people think creatively when it comes to the materials and design that can be utilised in constructing public buildings such as this.”

Cardiff City Council leader Rodney Berman said: “This attraction is set to bring millions of pounds into the city’s economy, and the benefits to Cardiff will be immense in terms of tourism.”