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Work nears completion on Keith Williams' Chichester landmark

These are the latest pictures of Keith Williams Architects’ 1,300m² district museum in Chichester’s historic core which is set to open in July

The £6.9 million project, now known as Novium was won in competition in 2007, is almost two and a half times bigger than the existing District Museum in Little London which it replaces.

The main building was completed in autumn last year (2011), however work in ongonig on the exhibition spaces designed by Event Communications.

Sat on a former car park site in Tower Street, the musuem incorporates the remains of Chichester’s Roman baths, which were found on the site close to the city’s Cathedral in the 1970s.

The building is clad in pale re-cast stone and marks the first phase of the Chichester District Council’s wider plan for the area which includes a residential scheme also designed by Keith Williams.

Previous story (AJ 26.04.2010)

Work starts on Keith Williams’ Chichester landmark

Construction is underway on Keith Williams Architects’ 1,300m² district museum in Chichester’s historic core

Won in competition more than three years ago (see below), the scheme houses three ‘distinct’ galleries and incorporates the remains of Chichester’s Roman baths, which were found on the site close to the city’s Cathedral in the 1970s.

The museum, which is almost two and a half times bigger than the current District Museum in Little London it replaces, will be clad in reconstructed pale stone with zinc strip roofing. The building is set to open in autumn 2011.

Chichester District Council has provided the £6.9 million funding for the project.

Previous story (AJ 21.02.07)

Williams sees off star-studded opposition in Chichester museum comp

Keith Williams has seen off major opposition to land the RIBA-organised competition to design a new museum in Chichester, West Sussex.

The practice fought off competition from Panter Hudspith, Tony Fretton Architects, Caruso St John, van Heyningen and Haward, and Jamie Fobert to pick up the commission.

The site of the development, close to the city’s Cathedral, is currently a car park, but contains the remains of the Roman baths of the city of Noviomagnus Regni.

These baths will be a permanent exhibit, forming part of the exhibition that will explore the history of Chichester and its district.

The project will also include a residential development on part of the site, which Williams will also design, in order to fund the scheme.

Keith Williams said: ‘We are delighted to have come out ahead of a very strong field to win this prestigious project.

‘We are looking forward to developing our concepts with Chichester District Council and its project manager RLF for a fine new museum in this historic city,’ he added.

Development work has started on the £6.6 million project. It is hoped that the new building will be opened in 2010.

 

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