National Maritime Museum
New Exhibition Space, Archive Facility, Restaurants & Public Realm
80,000 sq.ft plus Public Realm
In conjunction with Malcolm Reading Consultants, we were the Project Manager for the pre-construction phase for the major refurbishment and extension of this grade 1 listed, building. The project has delivered 80,000 sq.ft of new visitor space, world class conditioned archive storage for the museum’s 3 million item collection, a restaurant, café and landscaped public realm.
The design incorporated minimum intervention at the historic site whilst creating up to date exciting space attractive to visitors. The new 10,000 sq,ft exhibition hall was constructed underground to minimise the impact on the World Heritage Site whilst enhancing facilities, integrated within the existing museum space.
An early task was to introduce control of the moving project brief aspirations. Working closely with the Internal Client Project Manager, the Project Brief was developed and approved by all internal stakeholders; a rigorous control procedure was then introduced.
Significant challenges on this project included the need to confer with and satisfy multiple high profile stakeholders including the private benefactor, English Heritage, the Heritage Lottery Fund, HM Treasury, adjoining landowners and various other national and local government organisations.
Reporting to the Project Board, we managed and reported on progress whilst advising on new challenges such as integrating additional constraints of Greenwich hosting part of the Olympics, including provision of facilities within the Museum.