CONSTRUCTION has started to create new office space at The Tank Museum

The work is due for completion by mid-February, next year, and is being carried out while the museum remains open to the general public.

Greendale Construction Limited is carrying out the build which includes removal of an existing mezzanine level and stairs, the stripping-out of existing offices, construction of a new mezzanine floor and a full refit of the existing office space.

Tank Museum director Richard Smith said “In the last 10 years The Tank Museum’s visitor numbers have doubled and our workforce increased, but our staff facilities remain the same size that they were in 1984.

"This development will address the issues of overcrowding and give our team a pleasant working environment.”

Based at Bovington, the main training centre for tanks in the First World War, The Tank Museum boasts one of the world’s best collections of tanks and live exhibitions,

Greendale Construction director Chris Kane said: “Greendale loves a challenge and is experienced with working to tight schedules, limited space and tricky logistics, but it is the first time our teams have had to work around half a tank.

"However, nothing fazes us, and we are proud to be working at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction and look forward to handing over the much improved office space in February.”