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Wigram Air Force Museum

Restoration Hanger, Christchurch


The expansion of the Wigram Air force Museum enhanced the museum’s capability to display aircraft and provide restoration, conservation and educational facilities. The space can also be used as a conference and event centre.


At 5,900m2, the museum hanger is a significant increase in the size of the existing museum. The extension is constructed predominantly from concrete and steel. A glass façade allows visitors to view the aircraft inside and the flexible free span space accommodates the requirements of exhibitions.


  • Sustainable design specifications included:
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Solar hot water heating
  • Rainwater harvesting systems


The Engenium team was engaged as Structural and Civil Engineers. The team’s specialist work included full shop drawing production for the main hall roof to allow construction in three large sections at ground level, and to achieve a joint free heated ground floor slab capable of supporting display aircraft.

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