Design Museum - Kensington, London

Fit out of the grade II listed, former Commonwealth building in Kensington. The new home for London’s famous Design Museum.

Project Stats

Duration
70 weeks
Value
£22.8million
Size
132,000 sq ft
Sector
Leisure

Project Story

We were truly proud to be awarded the fit out of the new home for London’s famous Design Museum in Kensington. Having stood vacant for over a decade as the Commonwealth Building, our team concentrated first on the opportunity to fit out the new galleries for permanent and temporary exhibitions, an auditorium, learning facilities, office space, common areas and an ambitious bar and restaurant.

We furnished the Grade II listed building with newly constructed dividing walls, new heating, cooling, lighting, fire systems, heat recovery units and 4 large lifts. Our finished product is now a new icon for London, completed to an exceptional standard.

The doors opened on 24th November 2016, and an estimated 500,000 visitors per year are now able to enjoy the museum’s permanent collection of contemporary design and architecture, free of charge. Something that makes all of us proud.
Project Outcomes
  • Grade II Listed heritage building with one of the largest single span roof structures in the world
  • Exceptional finishes throughout
  • Installation of a 3 KN glass balustrade and handrail to the atrium
  • Provides three times more space than the Design Museum's previous locations
  • In 2018, the museum was named European Museum of the Year
  • Achieved BREEAM Very Good

Project Team

Graham Shaw × Managing Director
Paul Gorry × Principal Sales & Marketing Manager
Consultant team
Architect: John Pawson
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Cost Consultant: Turner & Townsend
Services Engineer: Chapman BDSP
Testimonials
“At the start I didn’t know what to expect and to see the number of people on site building it for us with such enthusiasm we felt they wanted to achieve the same as we did. There was a real team effort onsite and there are people that I know and have built a relationship with. We can now stand side by side and be absolutely proud of what we have achieved”
Alice Black
Deputy Director, The Design Museum

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