National Maritime Museum
Architect: C.F. Møller Architects
Client: National Maritime Museum
Project completion: 2011
The National Maritime Museum is located in a Grade I listed building within the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. The transformative £35m Sammy Ofer Wing with its new landscaped main entrance on the south side of the building has opened the museum to Greenwich Park, the Royal Observatory and Greenwich’s major transport sites.
The new wing incorporates a special exhibitions gallery, a permanent gallery, a restaurant and café with views over Greenwich Park as well as a state-of-the-art library and archive bringing much of the Museum’s world-renowned archive on site, for the first time, for perusal by its two million visitors.
David Bonnett Associates’ role was to ensure that the scheme, with its complex multi-level landscaped entranceway, incorporated the principles of Inclusive Design. Working with client, architect and landscape architect we advised on all aspects of the scheme, including the creation of a step-free link between the new wing and the exhibition space in the main building.
Our involvement continues as we encourage the client to pursue our recommendation that Greenwich provide blue badge parking adjacent to the new entranceway and that discreet signage is introduced where necessary to advise visitors of available facilities.
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