Carmody Groarke has won an invited competition to renovate and expand the Grade II-listed Dorset County Museum
The Dorchester-based museum - founded in 1845 and home to the Thomas Hardy Archive - would not reveal the names of the other architects invited to bid for the work nor the contract value, when pressed by AJ.
As part of the project, Carmody Groarke will create a world-class archival facility and develop a series of new buildings and spaces that will provide more public access to museum’s vast collection, which number approximately 3.5 million objects and include one of the most important fossil assortments in the UK.
Different curatorial interpretations, environmental conditions and collection specifications will be taken into account when drawing up the plans, the London-based architect said.
The project will see the creation of a ‘Collections Discovery Centre’, which will reconcile the existing content and exhibition spaces, as well as the design of new facilities for display, education, research and the storage of reserve collections at the Museum’s site.
‘We see Carmody Groarke as a critical member of the team who will help turn our vision into reality,’ Jon Murden, director of Dorset County Museum said.
‘[The practice has] a track record of inspirational museum and heritage projects and helping smaller charitable organisations secure significant levels of funding to achieve their objectives.’