RA MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Exeter

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery sits between Queen Street, in Exeter’s historic city centre, and a notably well-preserved, but little visited part of the ancient Roman City Wall. The Heritage Lottery funded project for the museum’s expansion, enhancement and refurbishment has allowed the creation of a new entrance, shop and double-height reception and provided a new gallery space for special exhibitions. But it has also established a completely new relationship with the wall and its garden setting.

In the existing building, an existing courtyard is enclosed to form a new space at the heart of an entirely new visitor’s route through the museum. This route culminates in a dramatic three-storey, roof-lit stair leading directly to a metal and timber bridge, making for the first time, a direct link between the museum and the Roman wall. This new organisational clarity has underpinned the reconfiguration of all its galleries and the accompanying re-casting of its entire collection.

The newly re-opened museum won the coveted Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, 2012, and was chosen as the best building of the year in the South West Region by the RIBA.

Team

Client
Exeter City Council
Structural engineer
BDP (Bristol)
Services engineer
BDP (Bristol)
Quantity surveyor
FOCUS Consultants UK Ltd
Contractor
BAM Construction Ltd: Western
Project manager
FOCUS Consultants UK Ltd
Planning consultant
Northcroft
Exhibition designer
Ralph Appelbaum Associates

Data

Completion date
2010
Area
45,747 sq ft
Location
75 Queen Street
Exeter

RIBA Award
2013
RIBA Award
South West Conservation
Building of the Year
2013
South West Overall Building
of the Year
2013