Sea City Museum

Structural Designer: Ramboll

The Sea City Museum has transformed and extended Southampton’s Grade II* listed former magistrates courts and police headquarters into a major cultural and heritage attraction. Work on the existing building involved conservation of the existing fabric as well as modifications to suit the new purpose. Ramboll worked closely with the City Council and English Heritage to develop a strategy for investigation and repair that addressed the critical structural issues whilst maintaining respect for the listed building status. Laser aided modelling helped in the creation of the open spaces and new service routes required without compromising the building performance.

Judges’ comment:

"The Sea City Museum is a great example of how structural engineers can change liabilities into assets by extending the life of existing buildings and allowing new uses. The skill here is to justify minimum repair. Combined with the new pavilion, this has created an amenity that responds to the cultural needs of the community."

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