Ashmolean Museum Extension

Oxford, UK

RICK MATHER ARCHITECTS

Major new reconstruction of a large part of existing museum.

The new £60m development (construction cost £35 m.) is primarily an extension to the existing listed Cockerel building, providing links at basement and all the above-ground levels, but also links to three existing museum buildings above and below ground and abuts two further buildings.

A three storey, protected decorative, stone structure projects from the Cockerel building into the new extension and cannot be altered. This must be protected through construction, integrated in to the new building and supported by the new frame without altering the fabric of the original construction.

As well as overall structural design, our involvement on this project extended to gallery design, transport of key objects around the historic building and decanting in general.

Budget £35 million
Completed 2010