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McAslan beats Zaha to London Museum jackpot

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John McAslan + Partners has seen off an impressive shortlist, including Zaha Hadid Architects, to win the competition to design the revamp and extension of the Museum of London’s Roman gallery

The practice also beat Allies and Morrison, Rick Mather Architects, Pringle Richards Sharratt and MUMA to land the £4.5 million project.

The museum began searching for an architect to mastermind the refurbishment of 900m2 of existing gallery space, and to design a 200m2 extension to Powell & Moya’s 1976 original designs, in July last year.

Due to the museum’s location at the edge of the Barbican Centre by London Wall, the new addition will be built around remnants of the ruined Roman city wall.

Julian Ayre, the museum’s head of capital projects, said that he was ‘very excited about welcoming McAslan to the team’.

The museum, which also has aspirations to overhaul its galleries at the Museum of London Docklands, hopes to open the Roman gallery extension in 2014 as part of its drive to double visitor figures.

Last year, Wilkinson Eyre completed a £20 million update of the museum – the biggest since it opened – that increased gallery space by 25 per cent.

Mosaic floor - The Museum of London (1976 by Powell and Moya)

Mosaic floor - The Museum of London (1976 by Powell and Moya)

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