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Science Museum selects Wilkinson Eyre for £24m medical galleries

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Wilkinson Eyre has been chosen to design the Science Museum’s new £24 million Medical Galleries – three years after its more ambitious overhaul of the west London attraction was shelved

Wilkinson Eyre defeated star practices including Amanda Levete and Gareth Hoskins to land the 3,000m2 scheme, which will transform the entire first floor of the museum’s South Kensington home.

Other outfits shortlisted for the exhibition space, which will explore the past 400 years of medical science – were MUMA, Haworth Tompkins, Rick Mather and Caruso St John.

Planned to complete in 2018, the scheme is part of the museum’s revised £60 million, first-phase redevelopment plans and one of several commissions to emerge following the demise of Wilkinson Eyre’s original £150 million regeneration vision, which was abandoned in 2011. 

Science Museum masterplan director Karen Livingstone said the winning design would ‘create an elegant and contemporary space to display beautiful objects and tell compelling human stories.’

Jim Eyre said: ‘We look forward to embarking on the design of these object-rich gallery spaces.’

The winning architects for the Science Museum’s  new interactive galley and mathematics exhibition will be announced in late August and early September respectively.

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