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Eric Parry reveals plans to open up London’s Charterhouse

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Eric Parry Architects is working on plans which will see London’s historic Charterhouse opened to the public for the first time in 660 years 

The practice is working on a new museum, café and learning centre for the Charterhouse site in Clerkenwell.

The new public entrance will be accessed from Charterhouse Square which is being redesigned by gardens advisor to the Historic Royal Palaces Todd Longstaffe-Cowan.

The site features a mix of historic buildings dating from the 14th century and in the past it has been a religious site, a Tudor mansion, a school and an almshouse.

Partnered with the Museum of London, the new museum will sit within the Tudor mansion and will tell the story of the Charterhouse and its role in history.

Architect Eric Parry, commented: ‘The invaluable lesson of the Charterhouse is the continuity, relevance and adaptability of its architecture, in a city context that would be astoundingly incomprehensible to its founders.’

Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London, added: ‘We will be working even more closely with this remarkable site that has played such a key role in London’s history to ensure that it becomes an irresistible destination for visitors when it opens its doors to the public in the autumn.’

The Charterhouse is set to open to the public in November 2016.

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