Natural History Museum: Waterhouse Gallery
The Waterhouse Gallery, located to the east of the main Hintze Hall, is the museum’s main gallery for showcasing temporary displays such as the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. This 800m2 space is made up of two zones; the main, larger gallery and a narrow ancillary gallery.
We were appointed to provide mechanical and electrical designs to refurbish the gallery, enabling it to host more sophisticated exhibitions.
As well as modifications to the existing refurbished air plant, our designs include a new chiller and environmental control plant to provide better conditions for the exhibits. These designs were informed by our early review of the heat loads within the gallery. The ventilation system is fitted with mixed-use modes to allow closer environmental control when needed, or more simple low energy ventilation when environmental conditions are less important.
We provided detailed designs for new power and data installations. A new ‘plug-and-play’ style electrical system enables greater flexibility of layout whilst reducing the amount of time required to set-up and dismantle exhibitions.
CLIENT: Natural History Museum