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British Museum Gallery Refurbishment

Facts

Location Client Cost Completion Awards
London, UK The British Museum  £4.7m 2008 1

Project details

Extensive programme of gallery refurbishment.

Complete refurbishment of the Central Saloon and galleries 37-40, including new roofs and the incorporation of highly sophisticated services.

At the heart of the project was the need to respect and conserve the historic fabric's detail and reinstate the original spatial sequence so these upper rooms would regain their architectural coherence.

Traditional building materials and techniques ensured the finished project remained true to the original Sir Robert Smirke designs.

This project is one of a number of projects undertaken through BDP’s ongoing framework agreement with the Museum.

For our visiting audience it has been a huge success. People have been queuing up to read the labels and dwelling much longer in the gallery.

James Robinson Curator of late medieval Europe British Museum

Brief

  • conserve historic elements of building fabric
  • ensure sustainability of the building into the future

Results

  • lighter, brighter visitor space exhibiting artefacts, not previously on display to the public
  • preservation of collections and building fabric for the UK’s top visitor attraction
  • RICS Regional Award (Runner Up - Building Conservation) 2009

Integrated services

architecture