Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has completed the long-awaited World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum
The final phase of the 18,000m2 scheme to complete includes state-of-the-art laboratories and studios, stores for the collection, and facilities to support its loan programme.
The first phase of the £135million redevelopment – a temporary exhibitions space - opened its doors in March.
The scheme, located at the north-west corner of the Bloomsbury site, is one of the largest re-development projects in the museum’s history.
RSHP won the project seven years ago, ahead of the likes of David Chipperfield, Bennetts Associates and Stanton Williams.
The practice’s initial design was thrown out by planners in 2009 who criticised its ‘excessive bulk, scale [and] massing’ and raised fears it ‘would be harmful to the listed buildings’ in the surrounding Bloomsbury Conservation Area.
The practice came back with a revised scheme, submerging one of the five pavilions to address issues with light into the museum’s Arched Reading Room and increasing the space between each block from 2m to 3m.
Source: Paul Raftery