The British Museum WCEC Building Awarded RIBA London 2017 Award
In 2013, Planet Partitioning were privileged to be involved in a project at the British Museum’s World Conversation and Exhibition Centre (WCEC), which has recently been awarded the prestigious RIBA London Award 2017.
Located in an 18,000sqm purpose-built extension, on the north-west corner of the Museum, the project successfully transformed how the WCEC can display, study and care for its renowned collections.
The jury, acting on behalf of RIBA, admired the skill and control the architect Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners had demonstrated in releasing the client’s enormously complicated and demanding brief, whilst overcoming the planning and heritage concerns of the museum.
Back in 2013, Planet were instructed by MACE, to provide a highly complex and detailed specification for internal glass partitioning work.
Planet worked with Roger Strik Harbour and Partners for 2 months, creating and fine-tuning drawings for a range of partitioning and structural glass elements, including sub-basement laboratories, balustrading, atrium and offices.
For the basement laboratories, Planet used p100 demountable double-glazed full-height partitions, reaching heights exceeding 3 metres, aiding the WCEC to exhibit objects of a size and height which would not be possible elsewhere in the Museum. The partitioning framework was set within the steel grid structure, ensuring an industrial look and incorporating slimline single-glazed and SonoTec double glazed doors with integrated venetian blinds. A full-blackout option was also provided for lab work on sensitive ancient human remains.
The glass balustrades were also designed and installed by Planet as well as full-height atrium glazing, using 19.5mm toughened laminated glass.
The installation and clever use of structural and architectural glass on this project, allow controlled natural light to enter the building while ensuring the protection of exhibits and precious artefacts, either on display or within the workshops, and guarantees a clean and enjoyable journey through the building.
Planet was recognised for its outstanding work in its installation and high-quality service, winning a Silver Award at the FIS Contracting Awards 2015.
Personal thanks were also passed on to Planet’s team from David Mitchell of the MACE Group, for their close and focused relationship throughout the design, manufacture and final installation, which, he states, “reflects in the final product, which looks fantastic and is a very good advert for your company”.
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