With the Stirling Prize set to be announced later today, we are pleased to be involved in one of the projects in the running for this prestigious architecture award.
Among their other high profile projects, our planning and heritage consultants were part of the team helping to bring forward the British Museum’s World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) in Bloomsbury.
Designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the WCEC building is located on the north-west corner of the British Museum site in Bloomsbury. It consists of five vertically linked pavilions (one of which is located entirely underground), and houses a new exhibition gallery, laboratories and conservation studios, storage, and facilities to support the Museum’s logistical requirements and loans programme.
Chris Miele, Partner in Montagu Evans’ planning and development team, said:
“This is a remarkable building and represents a significant further development on this site. It solves a number of problems and provides a very important set of functions – international-standard exhibition space for temporary exhibits, state-of-the-art conservation science labs and deep level storage for many sensitive objects.
“At a more technical level, its construction entailed deep basements next to Grade I listed structures and presented a number of other planning challenges – and of course the design of the building was of paramount importance because of its sensitive location in a conservation area.”
This is the second time one of our schemes has been shortlisted. Montagu Evans previously advised on the Blavatnik New School of Government for Oxford University, which was a Stirling Prize runner up in 2016. We are also advising on work for the National Gallery, South Bank Centre, Royal Botanic Gardens and Leighton House Museum in London and for the RHS at Wisley and have previously advised the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
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