Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry has received planning permission and listed building consent to construct a new £6.2m special exhibition gallery.
The gallery will be built in the basement of the museum’s grade one-listed 1830 Warehouse, and underneath the arches of the 1830 viaduct, part of the world’s oldest surviving passenger railway.
The construction process will allow the museum to carry out conservation work on these heritage buildings, making repairs and revealing the original brick arches.
The special exhibition gallery is expected to open in around two years, and will host visiting science exhibitions.
Carmody Groarke is the architect.
The project is funded by the Department for Media, Culture & Sport, Wellcome, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Kirby Laing Foundation, Zochonis Charitable Trust, and Friends of the Museum of Science and Industry.
Sally MacDonald, director of the Museum of Science & Industry said: “This is such an exciting project for us, and marks the start of a long-term ambition to transform the museum over the next 10-15 years or so. The new building will be a significant resource for the cultural offer of Manchester, and gives us a facility where we can inspire young people and adults with creative science and STEM subjects. We are now looking forward to getting started with the work.”