We’re delighted to be working with a fantastic team of consultants and advisers on the designs for our expansion project. Each was selected from a shortlist of extremely high quality firms not only for their experience but also on their understanding of the particular challenges and issues this project might encounter.
Our Architects, and Design Lead are 6a Architects. They are a young London firm who have worked on a number of very impressive projects within the arts over the last few years. Most notably, they designed the recently refurbished Fashion Galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum, an extension to the South London Gallery and the renovation of two 18th century silk mercer’s houses in East London to create a stunning contemporary arts space. They have recently been nominated for The Design Museum’s “Designs of the Year” Award for their cast iron façade on the Paul Smith store in Mayfair.
Structural Engineering services are being provided by Momentum Structural Engineering. Momentum have previously worked on extension projects for the Holburne Museum in Bath and the Jerwood in Hastings, both of which were award winning schemes. They are currently working with the Bristol Old Vic and The National Theatre, so have a huge amount of experience within the arts sector and fully understand the needs of organisations like MK Gallery.
We are also working with Max Fordham, who will be providing Mechanical & Electrical Engineering services, as well as Sustainability, Acoustics and BREEAM advice. Max Fordham are one of the market leading firms in innovative mechanical engineering for galleries and have previously worked on The Hive in Worcester – a public library that succeeded in achieving BREEAM “Outstanding” for its energy efficiency and sustainability performance. Max Fordham were recently awarded Consultancy of the Year at the 2014 Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Awards.
Cost Management and Construction Health & Safety advice will be provided by Gleeds. Most recently Gleeds have provided cost management advice to the Zaha Hadid-designed Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington as well as the exemplar new home for the University of the Arts at Kings Cross in London.
In addition, we’re also drawing on the advice of other experts across the sector to help us ensure that the future Gallery will meet the needs of the organisation and the City of Milton Keynes. We’re working closely with Counterculture Partnership on developing our business planning and fundraising strategies and The Audience Agency on an Audience Development Plan. We’re also really excited to have Gareth Jones on the team as a Design Adviser. Gareth grew up in Milton Keynes and the Gallery presented his first solo public exhibition back in 2011. He has also exhibited extensively, including at the Barbican and Tate St. Ives.
As the designs develop I’ll be posting more and more about the progress that we’re making, and will be making reference to particular team members. Hopefully in future some of them will be making guest posts here and providing updates on specific items related to this project.