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IMAGES | Science Museum revives plan for special gallery

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

The Science & Industry Museum in Manchester has received planning consent for a special exhibition gallery, overhauling plans which were first approved in 2016.

Previously, the gallery was proposed for below the railway viaduct within the grade one-listed 1830s warehouse complex.

The project was due to open in 2018 but work never began. A decision was made to relocate the scheme after reviewing the Science & Industry Museum’s masterplan and the condition of the existing viaduct.

Under the lastest proposals, the special exhibition gallery is set to be located at the west end of the basement of the grade two-listed New Warehouse. The space is currently used to store collections and host conservation workshops.

The scheme includes a 7,000 sq ft gallery, 2,000 sq ft front-of-house facilities and an improved entrance from Lower Yard.

Both the previous project and the latest iteration were designed by architect Carmody Groarke.

In the planning documents for the revised scheme, Carmody Groarke said: “The new special exhibition gallery will offer audiences new opportunities to explore science in all its forms through historic and contemporary perspectives; positioning the Museum as the North West’s premier destination for world-class science exhibitions.”

Planning consent was granted by Manchester City Council through delegated powers last week.

The special exhibition gallery is the first project in the SIM masterplan, which is set to see further development of the existing building to provide more gallery space and improved public realm.

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