Based in Solihull, West Midlands, The National Motorcycle Museum is the finest and largest motorcycle museum in the World, with important and famous machines forever being added to this irreplaceable collection.
On 10 May 2003, fire broke out and almost destroyed this priceless collection of historic motorcycles. Only prompt reaction from the museum staff enabled many of the exhibits to be quickly moved outdoors. Our challenge was to provide instant cover for the bikes saved and for those salvaged from the fire.
Our short-term solution was to deliver overnight, a lightweight rapid build instant temporary building for erection the following day on an adjacent grass site. Meanwhile, a more substantial temporary building was being planned to provide the museum trustees a cushion of time before deciding on the future of the complex. Although this involved preparing the site with a concrete base, the second, more permanent emergency building, was fully operational within three weeks of the fire. This second emergency building was 15m wide x 80m long and included 1 roller shutter door, 4 fire doors, heating, lighting, air conditioning and flooring.
The museum were not only delighted with the way Spaciotempo responded so speedily and efficiently to the crisis, but were highly impressed with the performance.