Building work at the new £135m Conservation Centre and Exhibition Gallery at the British Museum
Louise Jury, Chief Arts Correspondent on The Evening Standard, reports today that –
A giant new conservation and exhibition centre at the British Museum is on time and on budget to open next year – despite the worst efforts of the winter to derail the project.
Presenting a progress report today, museum director Neil MacGregor showed how the steel frame of the £135 million Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery was made in just six months, after a full year of digging 19 metre-deep basements. A total of 4,369 trucks were needed to take away earth – and extra staff had to be hired for snow-clearing in the harsh winter. Work also had to stop when high winds made it too dangerous to use the two tower cranes. But Mr MacGregor said 80 per cent of funding had now been raised, and the museum was on schedule to present its first exhibition, on the Vikings, in the 70-metre-long gallery in March 2014.
State-of-the-art facilities for science, conservation and storage would be open by June next year. The gallery is being named in honour of a £25 million gift from the Sainsbury family.
Full article here. See also our earlier feature (and British Museum video) here.