Wright & Wright wins Geffrye Museum development project in UK

15 April 2014 (Last Updated April 15th, 2014 18:30)

The Geffrye Museum of the Home in the UK has selected Wright & Wright Architects to lead the design of its transformative development project.

Geffrye Museum

The Geffrye Museum of the Home in the UK has selected Wright & Wright Architects to lead the design of its transformative development project.

Wright & Wright Architects replaces David Chipperfield Architects on the proposed £14m development, which will allow the museum to open up its buildings, gardens, archives and collections.

The architectural firm's appointment follows a tender process, with about 140 expressions of interest and more than 50 applications from national and architectural practises.

Wright & Wright competed against Alison Brooks Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects and van Heyningen & Haward Architects.

The Wright & Wright scheme will build on principles of the master plan originally designed by David Chipperfield in 2010.

The development will create new spaces for the museum's collections and a library, a gallery, a café and conference facilities, as well as refurbishing existing public spaces.

Plans also include the creation of a new entrance opposite Hoxton station.

"Wright & Wright was selected for its experience with heritage buildings, sensitive sites and complex problems." 

The Geffrye Museum director David Dewing said that Wright & Wright was selected for its experience with heritage buildings, sensitive sites and complex problems.

Clare Wright of Wright & Wright Architects said: "The project will ensure this wonderful place, so close to the hearts of generations of Londoners, will be there to be discovered anew by generations to come."

The new scheme is scheduled to be submitted for planning in 2016, with work starting on site in 2018 while the redeveloped museum is expected to open in 2020.


Image: Geffrye Museum, London. Photo: courtesy of Chang Yisheng.