V&A Europe 1600-1815 Galleries

Structural Designer

Eckersley O'Callaghan

Client Name

V&A Museum

Location

London

ARCHITECT

ZMMA Architect

SERVICES ENGINEER

Arup 

LIGHTING CONSULTANT

Sutton Vane

CONTRACTOR

Coniston

Images: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The V&A is the world’s largest museum dedicated to decorative arts and design. The transformation of the Aston Webb Grade 1 Listed building has created new gallery space by removing a large section of loadbearing brickwork from the lowest level of the building. A four-span box frame was inserted to form this large opening. Ingenious engineering design, with minimal vibration and non-percussive techniques, allowed the three floors of galleries above to operate normally throughout, and no damage occurred to any of the thousands of objects on display.

Judge's comment:

To meet the V&A’s need to expand their Gallery space required the removal of most of a loadbearing wall at the lowest level. This meant putting in a very large four-span box-frame while keeping the galleries above open to the public. The judges were most impressed by the care taken in designing the sequencing of the work to ensure that no damage was caused to the precious objects in the galleries above.