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McAslan’s St Albans museum gets go-ahead

John McAslan + Partners' project to overhaul St Albans’ Old Town Hall
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John McAslan + Partners has won planning for a £7.75 million project to transform St Alban’s old town hall


The scheme will transform the Grade II*-listed landmark into a new museum and art gallery featuring a walkway with panoramic views of the city. 

Backed by St Albans City and District Council, the project will relocate an existing museum on Hatfield Road to the George Smith-designed landmark which first opened in 1826. 

The new venue will document 2,000 years of the city’s history spanning from its foundation as the Roman city of Verulamium to the present day. 

The Old Town Hall’s court room and former prison cells will be converted into new exhibition areas and educational spaces and the University of Hertfordshire’s contemporary art gallery will also be moved to the site. 

Urban salon will design the main galleries and create a flexible exhibition kit which the museum can use to easily update and transform its displays. 

Councilor Annie Brewster, portfolio holder for sport, leisure and heritage for St Albans City and District Council, said: ‘In 1831 St Albans Town Hall and Courthouse was built for public use. We aim to turn it into a fitting cultural beacon right in the heart of our City for all to access freely. John McAslan + Partners’ stunning design has ensured we are now well on our way to creating a spectacular new landmark museum and art gallery with three floors of galleries and exhibition space for residents and visitors to enjoy.’ 

Hannah Lawson, director at John McAslan + Partners, added: ‘We are delighted that our transformative scheme for this important historic building is going ahead. The new museum and gallery will create an exciting cultural destination in the heart of St Albans City.’ 

The project is set to complete in 2017. 

John McAslan + Partners' project to overhaul St Albans’ Old Town Hall

John McAslan + Partners’ project to overhaul St Albans’ Old Town Hall

Project data 

Location St Albans
Type of project cultural
Architect John McAslan + Partners
Client St Albans City and District Council
Exhibition design Urban SalonFundin
Funding HLF and city council
Cost £7.75 million
Start on site Spring 2016
Completion 2017





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