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Mather reveals second phase in Ashmolean Museum revamp

Rick Mather Architects has unveiled the first images of its planned £5 million second phase of its multi award-winning overhaul of the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology in Oxford

The practice’s £61 million first phase in the ongoing redevelopment of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is in the running for this year’s £20,000 Stirling prize.

Now Rick Mather has submitted an application for listed building consent for the redevelopment of the museum’s four ground floor Egyptian galleries and the Ruskin gallery.

The galleries are housed in a Grade I-listed classical building designed by former RIBA president (1860) and Royal Gold Medallist (1848) Charles Cockerell.

Christopher Brown, director of the Ashmolean Museum, said: ‘Now the first phase of the Museum’s transformation has been completed, Rick Mather has produced an impressive design that will see a completely new interpretation and display of the Ashmolean’s Egyptian collections.’

The galleries will close to the public in January 2011 and will reopen later in the year when the project is due to be complete.

Rick Mather Architects' planned £5 million second phase for the overhaul of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford

Rick Mather Architects’ planned £5 million second phase for the overhaul of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford


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