Architect appointed for Barnstaple museum extension project

Bridge End House, which was demolished in the 1960s to widen the Bridge

Posted on: 21 July 2016

An architect and designer have been appointed to develop plans for the ambitious project to extend the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon.

Bristol-based architects, Ferguson Mann, will be working alongside designer, Jeff Bellingham of Scribble and Nonsense, to draw up plans for the proposed £1.8m extension on the Long Bridge side of the building.

Alongside this, a fundraising and consultation team has been set up to support the project. A public consultation is underway, giving the community the opportunity to help shape the design of the new gallery. You can vote for your favourite ideas at the museum reception.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “The museum’s exciting project for a new extension is gathering pace, with a full team now in place to allow them to apply for the next round of funding. I’m really looking forward to seeing what the designer and architect produce in terms of design, which we hope will both enhance this important historical building and provide a useful and inspiring space fit for the museum’s needs.”

In January, the museum was awarded over £69,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund which, alongside match-funding from the Museum Development Trust and existing museum budgets, is being used to cover the costs of the development phase of the project. Once detailed plans and costings have been drawn up, the museum will be able to apply for further funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, North Devon Council, Central Government, and private donations, to deliver the extension project.

Follow the Museum of Barnstaple and North Devon on Facebook for more news as the project progresses.

4 comments on “Architect appointed for Barnstaple museum extension project

  1. Russ McKernan says:

    Saw the proposed ‘addition’. Hilarious! Jokes abound already! You cannot be serious! What WE, the North Devon public, want is an extension which BLENDS in with the current building style and architecture NOT A CARBUNCLE hanging on to the edge!

  2. Helen Knight says:

    Dreadful design. Solid brick structure does nothing to enhance the great building that it stands next to. A much more modern approach with glass metal and wood I believe would add to its future history in a positive way and not conflict with it by using a boring red brick that looks like a bunker from WW2

  3. Lawrence McClure says:

    Having just seen your facebook post showing the design for the extension I have to say that it looks hideous and not in keeping with the main building or any others around it.
    Please do not build this eyesore. Appoint an architect who can design a building taking the surroundings into consideration and can blend the old with the new.

  4. Giles Isaac says:

    This design is simply hideous.

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