Victoria and Albert Museum, Photography Centre
The V&A has created a new Photography Centre, doubling the permanent gallery space. The museum has one of the largest and most important collections of photographs in the world, with over 800,000 objects.
The design celebrates the original features of the museum's nineteenth-century picture galleries, while creating innovative and imaginative spaces for visitors to encounter the medium from its origins in the nineteenth century to the present day.
The gallery was officially opened in October 2018 by the museum’s royal patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
Currie & Brown acted as cost consultants on this project as part of an existing framework arrangement.
The project involved an upgrade to the listed and heritage building to form new gallery space which accommodates volatile photography artefacts. The gallery floors, walls and ceilings were upgraded, taking into consideration the environmental conditions that needed to be addressed to ensure not just the comfort of visitors, but also the integrity of the exhibits.