Fraser Randall

Exhibition Wing Masterplan The British Library

Location: London
Services: Cost Management
Value: £23 Million
Completion: 2014

The British Library has a significant and important permanent collection ranging from modern writings to the Magna Carter and ancient texts, housed in a temporary gallery space that holds regular and well attended exhibitions throughout the year, plus a separate book and gift shop.

The Executive wished to review the arrangement and usage of these spaces and other adjacent spaces, with the intention of creating a more dedicated and independent Exhibition Wing. The brief also sought to improve physical access and visitor orientation, whilst creating dedicated retail, cafe, ticketing, cloaks and WC facilities. Working in close conjunction with the architect and the Library’s internal team, studies were undertaken to evaluate the existing facilities and the change impact of the new proposals resulting in a full options review with design options.

Fraser Randall were appointed direct to the British Library, reporting to the Project Executive Board, and were responsible for producing detailed costings and time schedules for each of the initial five options currently under review of the newly appointed Chief Executive.