Bedford Council appointed Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Ltd as architects and design team leader in November 2009, to develop the strategy for t… Read More
Bedford Council appointed Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams Ltd as architects and design team leader in November 2009, to develop the strategy for the refurbishment of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery and Bedford Museum along with the integration with the newly refurbished Bedford Gallery. Previously these were three totally separate, unconnected (albeit adjacent) facilities under separate management.
This new, joint facility will merge the three previous cultural attractions into a single destination with a new, single, identity (known as the Higgins).
The proposed scheme incorporates the refurbishment of the museum building and the adjacent Cecil Higgins Art Gallery. A new highly visible entrance foyer and retail space is designed to sit central to the combined estate giving level access to the newly combined museum. The internal circulation has been accordingly redesigned and a new lift inserted as part of the internal refurbishment, giving level access between the two buildings. Gallery spaces are being refurbished to offer flexibility and improved accessibility with appropriate environmental controls and security measures (at national standards).
Other accommodation includes two new learning and activity spaces, 100 cover café, new toilets and locker storage areas. In addition there is a new two storey storage and archive wing to help manage the collection, again designed to meet national standards of environmental control. The museum includes listed buildings in a conservation area and sits within the boundary of a scheduled ancient monument. Read Less