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Carmody Groarke wins planning for new £6.2m gallery at MOSI

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Carmody Groarke has won the go-ahead for a new £6.2 million temporary exhibitions gallery at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

The practice landed the job - which has a construction cost of £4million - last November defeating HAT Projects, Reiach and Hall, John McAslan & Partners, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Adam Richards (see AJ 18.11.15)

Planned to complete by the end of 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 has developed the scheme with structural engineer Price & Myers and building services engineer Skelly & Couch.

Museum director Sally MacDonald, added: ‘We are delighted to receive the confirmation that our new special exhibition gallery has received planning permission and listed building consent.

’This is such an exciting project for us, and marks the start of a long-term ambition to transform the museum over the next 10-15 years or so. The new building will be a significant resource for the cultural offer of Manchester, and gives us a facility where we can inspire young people and adults with creative science and STEM subjects.

’We are now looking forward to getting started with the work.’

Carmody Groarke's MOSI collage - competition scheme left, planning consent right

Carmody Groarke’s MOSI collage - competition scheme left, planning consent right

Carmody Groarke’s MOSI collage - competition scheme shown left, planning consent shown right

Project data

Location: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Type of project: Renovation of 1830 Warehouse to create new Special Exhibitions Gallery
Client: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Architect: Carmody Groarke
Landscape architect: Gustafson Porter
Planning consultant: Deloitte Real Estate
Structural engineer: Price & Myers
M&E consultant: Skelly & Couch
Quantity surveyor: Appleyard & Trew
Funding: the Department for Media, Culture and Sport, Wellcome, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Kirby Laing Foundation, The Zochonis Charitable Trust, and Friends of the Museum of Science and Industry
Gross internal floor area: approx 700m²
Total cost: £6.2million

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