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Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery East Wing by Hugh Broughton Architects

[Plans + project data] Maidstone Museum, owned and operated by Maidstone Borough Council, opened in 1858, is one of England’s earliest town museums. The Grade II*-listed building, of Tudor origin, has been extended several times and much of the present structure is Victorian.

The East Wing project creates a new museum entrance, improves visitor facilities and storage, and upgrades exhibition spaces.

The rainscreen-cladding system of overlapping shingles has a textured, hand-crafted quality, softening the extension’s contemporary aesthetic. The golden colour of the copper alloy hints at the preciousness of the objects exhibited and complements the original palette of brick and Kentish ragstone.

The timber floor selected for public areas and galleries ensures visual continuity with existing floors and resilient floor finishes in education and back-of-house areas minimise maintenance and maximise life.Gianluca Rendina, project architect, Hugh Broughton Architects.

Project data

Project Name Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery East Wing
Client Maidstone Borough Council
Architect Hugh Broughton Architects
Quantity surveyor GB Fitzsimon
Structural engineer AECOM
Services engineer AECOM
Main contractor Morgan Sindall
Form of contract JCT Standard Building Contract With Quantities (2005)
Gross internal floor area 1,150m²
Total construction cost £2.6 million
Start on site April 2010
Completion August 2011
CAD package used Vectorworks 2010

Specified products

Shingles TECU Gold copper alloy cladding shingles, 0.7mm gauge, by KME UK
Insulation Rockwool RW3, 120mm thick
Breather membrane Tyvek Supro spunbonded polyethylene, by DuPont
Cement fibreboard Versapanel, unsanded, by Euroform Products
Engineered timber (public and display areas) Gold leaf Prime European Oak, ref. HW174,
Herringbone pattern, by Havwoods, sealed with 3 coats of Bona Traffic Matt by BonaKemi
Rubber tiles (education room) DalTex Omega, colour ref. Bleu Oiseau, by Dalsouple
Porcelain tiles (toilets) Pietre del Nord rectified, colour ref. Alaska, by Reed Harris
Plastic sheeting (storage rooms) Altro Walkway 20 Safety floor, pattern ref. Dolphin, by Altro

01 Timber floor to public areas
The engineered oak flooring boards provide stability. Finished with Bona Traffic Matt.
02 Joinery
The spray-lacquered finish provides robustness. The colour complements the tone of the walls.
03 Glass fixing bolts
Stainless Steel 2K Satin Polished finish fixing bolt to inner pane of double glazed unit leaves the outer skin of the glazing completely flush.
04 Floor tiling to public WCs
Porcelain tiles, Pietre del Nord rectified in Alaska with a natural finish, 450 x 450mm, will ensure a seamless appearance for the floor.
05 Ironmongery
The Satin Stainless Steel D Line range, 19mm pull-Handle range was chosen for its clean lines.
06 Public WC vanity units
Sandstone Pietra Serena. A dark grey sealed stone that will be easy to maintain.
07 Education room rubber floor
DalTex Omega rubber tiles, 680 x 680mm, in Bleu Oiseau. A resilient floor with a vibrant colourful appearance to appeal young learners.
08 Education room vanity unit
Bespoke vanity unit in polyester-based solid material by Durat, recyclable, 12mm thick.
09 Education room mosaic tiling
Vogue Interni 50 x 50mm ceramic mosaic tiling in DVI 01. The ceramic tiling splashback allows easy maintenance behind the vanity unit for arts and crafts activities.
10 Rainscreen cladding
TECU Gold copper alloy shingles cladding system, 600 x 600mm individual shingles.
11 Weathered rainscreen cladding
Cladding shingles after a two-year period.
12 Reception desk
Faced in Rimex Granex M1A Bronze Stainless Steel, it offers a contrast to the brickwork.
13 External paving
Woodkirk Yorkstone, buff, sawn finish. A ensures a smooth transition between internal and external.
14 Entrance mat
Emco UK entrance mat Diplomat Type 517 RK.

Architect’s choices

The choice of materials lies at the heart of the rationale for the project. Externally materials were selected to harmonise with the brick and Kentish Ragstone elevations, for their ability to weather gracefully. The internal palette was selected to suit the historic context, for robustness and to provide a neutral backdrop for the display of the museum’s collection.
Gianluca Rendina, project architect,
Hugh Broughton Architects

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