In late 2020 Envision was approached by the Bletchley Park Trust to provide M&E design and client-side duties for various buildings on the park. Our work profiles our capabilities with sensitive historic buildings.
Bletchley Park is an English country house and estate in Bletchley, Milton Keynes (Buckinghamshire) that became the principal centre of Allied code-breaking during the Second World War. During World War II the estate housed the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS), which regularly penetrated the secret communications of the Axis Powers – most importantly the German Enigma and Lorenz ciphers. The GC&CS team of codebreakers included Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman, Hugh Alexander, Bill Tutte, and Stuart Milner-Barry. The nature of the work at Bletchley remained secret until many years after the war and was recently made famous by the movie ‘The Imitation Game’.
Envision’s works have included the detailed design for fully airconditioned spaces whilst trying to negotiate the intricacies of a Grade ii listed property. The work delivers a museum level specification for the exhibition space, ensuring temperature and humidity can be carefully controlled, alongside upgrades to hot and cold water, lighting, electrical supplies and small power.
Our work has required keeping up with their extensive expansion programme for the site, taking on the client monitoring duties for Block A, the full detailed design duties for their new Collections Centre and recently starting work on the detailed design for the new Learning Centre and Lecture theatre.
The new Block A works highlight the conditions the staff worked in during WWII. The Architects on the project have worked extensively to replicate the colours of services and retain as much of the historic fabric and feel of the building as possible. This project reached practical completion in October 2021 and will now be handed over to Bletchley Park’s Exhibition team for fitout.
The works have reminded us of the struggles by Alan Turing, a brilliant man who died too soon without the recognition he deserved. Wandering the corridors of the site we note the incredible hard work undertaken in poor conditions by the staff during WWII. Works like these make us appreciate how lucky we all are.