Natural History Museum: Archives
In order to house its growing collection of artefacts the Natural History Museum required new, secure storage facilities. We were appointed to turn an uncontrolled storage area into a dedicated, BS5454 compliant archive facility.
Our involvement commenced with a risk analysis to identify all potential hazards facing the basement location. As a result, first line defence systems to protect the collection from floods (up-stands and raised levels) were implemented into the archive’s design. Additional second line defences such as back-up systems, leak detection and other alarm systems were also employed.
Working closely with The National Archives, we developed full mechanical and electrical designs, integrating with the Museum’s existing plant where possible. Various low energy and passive design solutions were incorporated into the scheme including thermal mass and heat recovery systems, LED lighting and movement sensors.
The new facility includes a controlled air environment which maintains a temperature of 19ºC (±1ºC) and 45% relative humidity (±5%) . The air filtering system removes particulates and any damaging gases.
CLIENT: Natural History Museum