John Kingdon, Director of Health and Community Wellbeing at Chichester District Council, said: "The turf cutting marked the start of the construction of an exciting project. The new museum and heritage centre will give residents the opportunity to view our diverse collections from the district, covering the past half a million years."
Keith Williams said "We have been working closely with Chichester District Council since winning the RIBA competition in early 2007, so naturally I am delighted that construction has now begun." In the original RIBA run competition, Williams was selected ahead of an impressive shortlist which included Panter Hudspith, Tony Fretton Architects, Caruso St John, van Heyningen Haward, and Jamie Foubert.
The Museum will be clad in reconstructed pale stone, with zinc strip roofing. The building is set to open in autumn 2011. Chichester District Council has provided the £6.9 million funding for the project.