New Walk Museum, Leicester

New Walk Museum and Art Gallery originated in 1849, presenting to Leicester it’s various collections. The building has been expanded several times, most recently in 2011, to try and accommodate exhibitions on its ground and first floors.

Working alongside Leicester City Council and Maber Architects, BSD were appointed to provide detailed M&E design services for a grand new entrance at New Walk Museum. Transforming the entrance would mean redevelopment of the ground and first floor, including the foyer to the Grade II listed building.

Previous refurbishments had revealed a number of existing services that required modernising to fall in line with current regulations. During the phased works the building had to remain open to the public.

The initial phase of design works included a highly detailed site survey, along with quality and audit sessions. To ensure constant visitor access the works were phased, we worked alongside the buildings users to ascertain redundant services.

Consideration to the existing infrastructure and life safety systems were required to ensure continual operation of the building.

It was imperative to hold regular site visits to ensure that all site teams were progressing on time, to the level of quality expected for a heritage project.

The museum now provides a new, fit for purpose, lift and a spiral staircase that takes visitors directly to the first-floor galleries. Skylights and upper-floor windows have been restored, allowing natural light into the refurbished entrance, and a new reception area has been created.