Victoria & Albert Museum: British Galleries
The refurbishment of the British Galleries was one of the largest projects undertaken by the V&A. Fifteen galleries in an area of about 48,438 ft² house approximately 3000 exceptional pieces of decorative and fine art spanning the four centuries, 1500-1900.
Our design responsibilities comprised full mechanical, electrical, public health and lift services including site supervision duties throughout the five-year long programme. Air-conditioning and careful management of light provided greater accessibility to rare exhibits and minimised the risk of damage and deterioration. Standby generators to maintain power to crucial services in the event of power cuts, as well as sophisticated security and fire alarm systems provided further surety.
Room 52 of the British Galleries contains the ornate panelling from the Music Room and the doorways from the Great Room of Norfolk House. This required particularly a sensitive approach, and our engineers responded with detailed designs routing the services and integrating with the finishes for complete concealment.
CLIENT: V&A Museum