The former railway goods warehouse project included careful demolition, full remodelling and relocation of the main exhibition areas over four floors, two new external lift towers and stairwells. A new restaurant and cafeteria was created along with refurbishment of galleries, learning and conference spaces, retail areas and associated sanitary facilities. Complex mechanical and electrical services and equipment formed key elements of the fit out works.
Phased building activities were carried out whilst the museum remained occupied and operational and were contained within 50% of the building.
The remaining areas stayed open to the public for displays and exhibitions whilst segregation of the public from the refurbishment works was carefully planned and co-ordinated.
Logistical planning was important with the museum being located in the city centre and the neighbours and stakeholders needed careful consideration due to noise and construction levels which could have affected the adjacent Coronation Street recording studios.
The project required careful planning, co-operation, coordination and care to be carried out successfully. A single point of communication was established with the museum and this became essential to the successful delivery of this project.
The project achieved a Very Good BREEAM rating and was awarded Performance Beyond Compliance by Considerate Constructors.
Client: Museum of Science and Industry