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Purcell led the transformation of an 18th century naval storehouse into an interactive gallery space. The building, which had suffered from erosion, required brickwork and timber repairs before major works were carried out.

The storehouse refurbishment and the creation of a new transitional space between the museum’s two storehouses required sensitive integration within the building’s listed fabric. The single-storey glazed link design is informed by the rhythm of the arched colonnades and motifs of the two storehouses. 

The restored storehouse reinstates a key part of the site’s maritime heritage. New exhibition spaces include audio-visual and interactive displays to showcase four centuries of naval history. The new link between the buildings ensures the visitor journey is seamless. New spaces include permanent and temporary exhibition areas and education space for schools.

To help shape the exhibition content, the museum held working group sessions with the local community to identify what they felt was important.

Redman Design created interactive exhibition spaces and audio stations in the galleries where visitors can immerse themselves in navy life.

The new ‘Hear My Story’ exhibit tells 100 years of life in the Navy through displays and previously untold personal stories from naval officers. 

The 3.6 tonne gun from the destroyer HMS Lance had to be craned into place at the centre of the new link before the roof was laid.

A fully reversible raised floor provides a void for services and protects the historic floorboards which are made up of Spanish ship’s timbers. Glass panels allow visitors to view the historic flooring.

We are delighted with both this contemporary link building and with the sensitive conversion of the Georgian storehouse.

Matthew Sheldon, NMRN Head of Strategic Development

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