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Richard Murphy unveils British Golf Museum in time for The Open

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Edinburgh-based practice completes £2million project at St Andrews as the golf tournament is hosted at the historic course

Richard Murphy Architects has completed the transformation of British Golf Museum at St. Andrews in time for the Open which teed off on Thursday (16 July).

The redesign, adding a storey to the 1990 original, draws inspiration from the existing bandstand, golf pavilions and beachfront buildings alongside the course.

Murphy has given the museum entrance façade more commanding presence, overhauled the ground floor shop and reception and reconfigured the first floor café.

“By shifting the orientation of the café the views across the Old Course have been maximised,” says Murphy. Beneath the projecting pitched roof with protruding rectangular bay windows eighty diners can now look across the course and the beach beyond.

The museum attracts 60,000 visitors each year and the exhibition spaces have been redesigned to more effectively showcase the 16,000 items on display. They tell the story of golf from the 17th century to the present day. To celebrate the reopening a special exhibition has been installed, highlighting the career of five-time Open winner, Tom Watson.

Project Data

Architects: Richard Murphy Architects
Location: St Andrews, Scotland
Type Of Project: New Cafe and other alterations at the British Golf Museum
Project Director: Bill Black
Client: The British Golf Museum
Gross internal floor area: New build floor area 253m² modified area of existing floor 327m². Total 580m²
Form of contract: Traditional
Total cost:  Approximately £2m      
Structural Engineers: David Narro Associates
M&E engineers: WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
Quantity surveyor: Morham & Brotchie Ltd

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  • Wow, a museum dedicated to Golf! That must... um... be really... er... fascinating?

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