Purcell has been shortlisted in the Public Building Project of the Year category of the 2012 Building Awards for work at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.
The £36.5m project to create the museum’s new Sammy Ofer Wing opened to the public on 14th July 2011 and provides an exciting new façade and entrance to the museum, leading directly onto Greenwich Park. We were executive architects for the scheme, leading a project team to implement a concept designed by Denmark-based practice C. F. Møller Architects. The practice worked in collaboration with Churchman Landscape Architects, Malcolm Reading Consultants who provided project management services, structural engineer AKT, services engineer Mott Macdonald Fulcrum and cost consultant Turner & Townsend.
The new wing provides a dramatic new entrance onto Greenwich Park and doubles the volume of the existing South West Wing of the museum, providing an exciting range of new facilities for one of London’s best known visitor attractions. Significantly, these include a large special exhibition gallery, designed to international standards, which is to host a variety of world class exhibitions, a new museum shop, a café and a brasserie restaurant. The project has also delivered an Archive Store and Reading Room to house one of the most important naval collections in the world.
Despite extremely tough trading conditions, a record number of entries have been received this year. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday 18th April at Grosvenor House in London. For the complete shortlist and more information about the awards please visit: www.building-awards.com