A huge new truck lift within Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ recently completed British Museum extension is still not fully operational, despite the galleries and offices having already been handed over
The £135 million World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre (WCEC) officially opened last month – and the new addition held its first major exhibition on the Vikings in March – but the complex lift was yet to be put into proper use.
The subterranean elevator, which is one the largest of its kind in Europe, is an integral element of the scheme allowing direct access to the new exhibitions gallery, and underground conservation and science storage. Initial testing began in October last year.
A spokesman for the practice said the installation ‘had been slower than anticipated due to the size of the objects being craned in and the effect of weather conditions such as strong wind on that process’.
The lift is scheduled to be ‘in use’ by the end of September.