BDP reveals Leighton House Museum designs

BDP has revealed designs for the Phase III restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II listed Leighton House Museum in London. The “transformational” £7.8m project ‘Hidden Gem to National Treasure’ recently received Round 2 Heritage Lottery Funding of £1.6m and will complete the restoration of the museum and create “much needed accessible new facilities for the whole community,” the firm said. Originally a studio house built for

Victorian painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, the property has undergone gradual expansion over its 150 year history. While earlier phases were directed by Leighton himself, several less satisfactory interventions were made after his death including the house


ASFP welcomes launch of RIBA ‘Plan of Work for Fire Safety’

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has welcomed the announcement by the Royal Institute of British Architects that it has launched a consultation on a new RIBA ‘Plan of Work for Fire Safety’. The document represents the

culmination of work, which was initiated in 2016 when the ASFP convened a panel of stakeholders from across the built environment to investigate how fire protection could be improved throughout the construction cycle. They identified a number of issues with the construction process, including “fragmentations within the construction design and build process, multiple sub-contracting and inadequate inspections of works during construction and on completion”. Working with AHMM Architects,

the stakeholder group recognised that developing a ‘Plan of Work for Fire

Safety’, which complemented the existing RIBA work plan methodology, “would provide a recognisable route for improvement”. The ASFP commented: “The work

took on greater urgency following the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017 and the ASFP commends RIBA for taking the initiative forward to develop this vital resource for design and construction teams and building owners. The new ‘Plan of Work’ ensures there

are a detailed specification for fire protection at the design stage and a schedule for fire throughout the construction process. The Plan includes sign offs as construction progresses, with all information reaching the end-user to support adequate fire risk management. The new document also reflects the

recommendations of the Hackitt review, which called for a greater focus on the

roles and responsibilities and a ‘Golden thread’ throughout a building’s lifecycle. The review also recommended the introduction of mandatory sign off procedures at the key ‘Gateway Points’ of planning permission, permission to build and permission to occupy. ASFP, CEO Niall Rowan stated,

“The ASFP welcomes the launch of this important consultation which represents a vital step forward in improving the safety of our built environment. We have long called for fire to be considered much earlier in the construction process, and this new document clearly sets out the requirements and responsibilities at each stage of the process, from original design and throughout the life of the building, including changes and refurbishments later in the building’s life.” “The document represents the

successful conclusion of many months of work involving a wide range of stakeholders from across the construction industry, and as such we hope it will gain strong support and recognition.”

transitioning from a private home to public museum. BDP are “reappropriating these secondary components as a physical and environmental buffer to the original house, removing unnecessary fabric to clarify and recover the original architecture”. The designs expand the museum to provide more space for core visitor functions, collection care, as well as a dedicated gallery for over 700 Leighton drawings, a new entrance and shop, and a consolidated staff suite. Most of the new development is within the existing building envelope or below ground, though a modest and compact ground extension for a new stair and lift is provided to accommodate accessibility needs. These new interventions will improve sustainability and support the

work that the museum delivers to the community, providing “a place of engagement for all ages”. Project director Alasdair Travers said,

“With its incredible interiors, Leighton House is one of the most inspiring houses you can visit. To be involved here is an architect’s dream job and we are thrilled that after 10 years working with the museum, the latest phase of work will open it up to new audiences as well as providing existing devotees with new insights and an improved visitor experience.”

The project is scheduled to begin in 2019 with completion in 2021.



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