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Holburne Museum of Art extension 'sensitive to health and safety'

23rd May 2011 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Health and safety and way-finding concerns were central to the design for the modern extension to Holburne Museum of Art in Bath.

Eric Parry Architects extended their thinking beyond simple office and safety signs to help members of the public navigate and use the new building's facilities.

The initial project brief, which required designers to accommodate an extra 800 sq m of gallery space, proved controversial because it involved modifying the original property, which is a Grade-I listed building.

One major architectural achievement to have emerged from the project is the compatibility of the new and older sections of the museum, which enabled designers to incorporate the original majestic staircase without compromising health and safety.

When designs were finally approved for the three-storey extension, museum director Alexander Sturgis underlined the importance of the project, which offers wayfinding and safety advantages.

He explained: "Eric Parry’s beautiful extension will provide more space for every aspect of our activity from exhibitions to education but the project will also allow us to restore the existing building and help the Holburne fulfill its exceptional potential."ADNFCR-2754-ID-800552325-ADNFCR


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