The Museum of Childhood is a superb example of a mid Victorian iron and glass building that we have been involved with for a number of years. Over that time, the gallery spaces and teaching areas have been refurbished, and an number of outstanding maintenance issues have been addressed. The latest phase of work has been the construction of a new entrance building, where the structural engineering design makes important contributions to the architecture.
A key feature of the ground floor is the exposed roof beams made up of steel fins that create a strong visual pattern of light and shade. In the basement the concrete columns and slabs are exposed, as are the concrete walls in the external courtyards. Throughout the project we had to work closely with the museum to understand the brief and to discuss options to limit the impact of the works on the running of the museum and its exhibits.