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The Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester has submitted a planning application for a special exhibitions gallery, to be housed in the basement of the 1830 railway house.

The £5.5m project will be the first element of MOSI’s masterplan to deliver an expanded offer and new public realm across the site.

Designed by architect Carmody Groarke, the warehouse’s vaulted space will be opened up to create a double-height 7,600 sq ft room. The gallery will house temporary touring exhibitions and focus on biomedical displays.

Last year MOSI secured a £1.8m grant from the Wellcome Trust, and the Government has also committed £3.8m to the project, alongside £800,000 from the Treasury.

The new gallery is due to open in 2018.

In a statement submitted as part of the planning application, MOSI director Sally MacDonald said that the museum’s strategy was to “create a series of inspirational new galleries and enable the museum to capitalise on exciting developments in St John’s and the surrounding areas. At the time of writing, the Museum is actively considering the potential to create new entrances onto St John’s and Liverpool Road, and a direct link to the Factory, which will shortly be constructed to the North. This has the potential to increase footfall and stimulate new art-science programming.

“The special exhibition gallery is the first major capital project of the museum’s masterplan, and it is intended to kick start the regeneration and revitalisation of the most historic part of the site.”

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