Completion of Design Museum, London

As prestigious and exciting projects go; this is right up there with the best of them. Our delight in winning the contract was further propelled in that it allowed us to be a part of a great delivery team of professionals and experts, namely; the Design Museum’s passionate and knowledgeable curatorial team, the very creative designers at Studio Myerscough, cost consultants Turner Townsend and contract administrators Gardiner & Theobald.

The permanent exhibition ‘Designer Maker User’ will use the museum’s collection to look at the development of modern design through these three interconnected roles. The exhibition is set on the top floor of the new museum and is set to be situated there for around seven years – which is effectively permanent in comparison to today’s average exhibition life span.

The challenges at the Design Museum included the gallery space being on the top floor, meaning considerations and advanced planning for materials access. We were tasked with building freestanding (no fixings permitted anywhere in the space) wall structures that were 4m high, which divided the spaces into sections, whilst interlinking to form a stable structure that would stand the test of time. Fixing a plethora of objects to these walls, constructing two sections of a shipping container (one on top of the other) and fixing large heavy metal road signs at height were elements where our experience and technical capability came into play to deliver this ambitious project successfully.

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