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Carmody Groarke wins £4m MOSI gallery contest

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Carmody Groarke has won the competition for a new £4 million temporary exhibitions gallery inside Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

The studio defeated HAT Projects, Reiach and Hall, John McAslan & Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Adam Richards to win the high-profile project.

Planned to complete in 2018, the 700m² project will create an ‘outstanding architectural space for temporary exhibitions’ within railway arches and the vaults of an 1830 warehouse.

The historic structure is part of the world’s oldest surviving railway station complex known as Manchester Liverpool Road.

The city centre museum – which is part of the London-based Science Museum Group – has occupied the Grade I-listed warehouse and former station since 1983.

Carmody Groarke will develop the scheme with structural engineer Price & Myers and building services engineer Skelly & Couch.

Studio co-director Andy Groarke said: ‘We are delighted to be working on a project that forms a central part of the museum’s masterplan, which will play an important part in the proposals for Manchester’s evolving cityscape.

‘The ambition for the gallery is to expand the museum’s opportunities to display temporary exhibitions and to also improve the setting of some of the city’s most important buildings from the industrial age.’

Museum director Sally MacDonald, added: ‘We are really thrilled to have Carmody Groarke on board. Their proposal was simple and stunning, and they demonstrated that they are keen to listen and work with us to design a gallery that is both beautiful and practical.’

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