National Football Museum

OMI Architects, Preston, 2001


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National Football Museum by OMI Architects 

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  • National Football Museum by OMI Architects    
  • Stairs and walkways cling to the red enamelled wall, offering a continually changing vista – the architect set out to design ‘journeys rather than spaces’    
  • After the low entrance, visitiors are immediately lifted by the high, light and airy foyer    
  • Materials are inspired by the utilitarian stadia of the past 100 years. Neatly arranged, the exposed silver-clad or steel intestines of the services have their own charm    
  • Poured concrete bears the bolt holes left by the shuttering processStocked with football collectables, the gift shop is easily accessible, but positioned intentionally so as not to be the focal point of a visit to the museum    
  • This building is strongly tied to its surroundings.  A large area of glazing backed by robust structural members overlooks a park where amateur football is played    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Long section    
  • Key detail section of free-standing rainscreen wall    
  • Detail section wall and roof    

Museum to house the world's most significant collections of objects associated with the development of football, as well as providing public leisure and educational facilities

The exhibition spaces are located beneath the terraces of the stands of Preston North End football ground. A new entrance building connects them and controls the movement system around the museum as a whole.

The tall volume of the foyer is day-lit through the giant 'football net' glazing overhead. From here a journey along ramps, stairs and bridges is gradually revealed weaving in and out of a red screen wall that binds the sequence of spaces together.

Although it is not a large building, its massing echoes the strong shapes and heroic scale of the stadium. Although it is stitched into the existing structure, the museum retains its independence and has its own identity.


  • Begun: Feb 2000
  • Completed: Feb 2001
  • Floor area: 802m2
  • Sectors: Arts and culture, Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £1.7M
  • Funding: Private
  • Tender date: Dec 1999
  • Procurement: JCT98
  • Address: Preston North End Football Ground, Sir Tom Finney Way, Lancashire, Preston, PR1 6RU, United Kingdom

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