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Seven times cheaper: Work starts on mini-MOSI revamp

Construction has started on Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams’ £7 million overhaul of Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

The scheme was developed after original proposals for a £54 million museum quarter drawn up by the former head of Manchester School of Architecture, David Dernie, failed to win lottery funding in early 2008.

As well as creating a new entrance, the practice will redevelop the Grade II-listed Lower Byrom Street Warehouse, improving orientation and ‘the standard of accommodation for various functions’ within the building.

David Shatwell from Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams said: ‘This is a fabulous opportunity to improve the visitor experience creating a stunning first impression for visitors and a clear new orientation space. By opening up many sections of the historic warehouse, we are expressing its true scale and architectural character, while providing a highly appropriate setting to a wide range of exhibits.’

The museum still hopes to work on further redevelopment and expansions plans, a future scheme that will eventually include the overhaul of the Air & Space Hall on Lower Byrom Street and a new Road Transport Gallery in Upper Campfield Market on Liverpool Road.

Funding for the current project has come from ERDF, NWDA, DCMS, Garfield Weston, SITA and a number of other trusts and foundations.

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  • Shame about those awful glass boxes destroying the historic integrity of this fine old railway warehouse. I would have expected better from this renowned historic buildings architectural practice.

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