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Sam Jacob Studio to design Cartoon Museum’s new home

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Sam Jacob Studio has been chosen to design the new home of Britain’s Cartoon Museum in central London

The practice was selected to work on the scheme following a competitive pitch. The project will see the 12-year-old gallery move from its current home in Little Russell Street to a permanent home at 55 Wells Street, just north of Oxford Street.

The building, which was recently redeveloped by BuckleyGrayYeoman, was leased to the museum on a 25-year lease with a peppercorn rent under a Section 106a agreement with its owner, Great Portland Estates.

Set to open early next year, the 400m² project includes new exhibition spaces to showcase ‘the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation’ as well as a new shop and a learning centre. 

Oliver Preston, chair of the Cartoon Museum, said: ’The Cartoon Museum is a museum of laughter, but with a serious mission to promote the very finest of Britain’s heritage of cartoons, comics and caricature. The new museum will build on the success of the past 12 years, enabling us to bring our amazing collection to life and share it with wider audiences. There will be something for everyone to enjoy, young and old.’

He added: ’Sam Jacob Studio’s design brings a real sense of fun and vibrancy to the visitor experience. It has always been our aim to send people out of the museum happier than when they came in.’

Sam Jacob said: ’The Cartoon Museum is a fantastic institution with an incredible collection and programme. Our approach turns the graphic world of cartoons into a three-dimensional space full of humour and delight.’

Work is expected to start in September.

180615 sam jacob crt view shop 1

180615 sam jacob crt view shop 1

Project data

Location 55 Wells Street
Type of project Museum
Client The Cartoon Museum
Architect Sam Jacob Studio
M&E consultant Qoda
Quantity surveyor Appleyard and Trew
Lighting consultant Sutton Vane Associates
Main contractor Not yet appointed
Tender date July 2018
Start on site September 2018
Completion February 2019
Contract duration Five months
Gross internal floor area 400m²
Form of contract Two-stage tender: Design and build
Total cost Undisclosed 

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