Soane Museum restoration wins prestigious RICS award

The staircase in Number 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields, newly restoredThe Museum is delighted to announce that it has won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' prestigious RICS London Award 2013 in the Building Conservation category, and will now be entered into the RICS National Awards Grand Final.  The judges praised the project, stating that:

‘Opening up the Soane’ is a £7million project to restore, refurbish and improve the Museum, providing much needed facilities to allow it to flourish in the 21st century. This included the provision of disabled access to most areas, cleverly incorporated into the historic fabric.

Acting Director of the Museum Helen Dorey said “We are thrilled to have received such a prestigious accolade in the face of such strong competition.  Our passion for Soane and his legacy has really forced the pace and quality of the project and we’ve been lucky enough to work with a great team of architects, Julian Harrap Architects and, of course, Fanshawe’s our project managers.

The judges were particularly impressed by the platform lift at the front of Number 12, but when they saw what had been managed inside – in terms of both the conservation work and the internal lift – they were amazed. We’re particularly thankful to Caroline Wilson, of Julian Harrap Architects who was the prime mover in the lift design”.

Phase One of OUTS, which focused on the renovation of Number 12 Lincoln's Inn Fields and the provision of dedicated conservation, shop and exhibition spaces for the Museum, was opened to the public in July 2012.  To read more about this project, and the forthcoming Phase Two to restore Soane's Private Apartments on the second floor of Number 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, please click here>>.

Posted on 14 May 2013 in Announcements
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