Purcell is delighted to announce an appointment as architect to the development phase of the Wordsworth Trust transformation project: Reimagining Wordsworth.

Reimagining Wordsworth is an ambitious project that will bring William Wordsworth’s poetry and legacy alive for new and existing audiences. Scheduled for completion in 2020, the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birth, the project will transform Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum and reinterpret the manuscripts and collection.

Nissen Richards Studio have been appointed as Interpretation Planner and Designer, with a team led by Pippa Nissen.

In February 2016, the trust was awarded a first round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards a £4.75m grant for the project.

We are delighted to have been appointed to help the Wordsworth Trust realise their vision for Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum. Surrounded by the magnificent landscape which inspired Wordsworth, there is great opportunity to draw together the rich experiences of this internationally significant site, enhance the experience for visitors and engage new audiences. Our challenge is to make the site work for today’s visitors, using sensitive conservation and contemporary design to ensure that we maintain the special quality of the place. Delivering these new facilities will help to inspire a new generation of visitors to engage with Wordsworth’s revolutionary words and themes.

Robert Chambers, Partner and lead architect