The practice was appointed to extend and refurbish Watford Museum, a Georgian mansion built in 1775. Watford Museum has approximately 30,000 items in its collection covering local history, archaeology, art and costume together with paintings by J M W Turner, Peter Lely and Joshua Reynolds. It also provides a vital focus to the local community.
Planned to complete in 2020, our project will include a new grey-brick addition that is both contemporary and sensitive to the existing, restoration work to the landmark building as well as improvements to displays, storage and accessibility. Watford Borough Council has named the new project ‘Making Connections’ to highlight the ways in which the building’s transformation will enhance conservation, educational objectives and community use.
As a practice, we are interested in the way local museums build on the heritage of a particular place and its people and how architecturally they are very much about identity and civic pride.