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OUT OF THE OLD INTO THE NEW

A historic steam locomotive and tender weighing more than 100t were moved between old and new museums in the centre of Birmingham last weekend. Built in 1939 and officially retired in 1964 after covering more than 2.5M km, the 'City of Birmingham' was originally housed in the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI). It is now in its new home 3km away in the £20M Discovery Centre after a two day operation which involved widespread road closures in Birmingham and removal of the outside wall of the locomotive hall in the MSI.

Construction management for the fitout of the Discovery Centre, which is part of the Nicholas Grimshaw designed £112M Millennium Point project, and the transfer of exhibits from the MSI was the responsibility of a joint venture between Buro Happold and Fraser Randal Exhibitions.

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