New architects for Weston museum

PUBLISHED: 20:00 28 June 2013

Weston Museum.

Weston Museum.

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A NEW architect has been appointed to take on building work at Weston Museum next year.

A recommendation was made to members of Weston Town Council on Monday night. A separate panel of councillors was pulled together to interview the companies and it supported Chedburn and Dudley.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gave the museum in Burlington Street £73,000 last year and the town council has also promised to set aside £100,000 for the redevelopment.

During the meeting, Cllr John Crockford-Hawley said: “Of the five contractors we could have worked with the majority of them.

“They did not come up with ideas we had given them, they came up with interesting variations.”

The renovations are set to provide new exhibition spaces, display cabinets and electronic features. Asbestos removal and a lift installation are also planned.

Conditions of the HLF grant mean the museum must maintain a small public exhibition throughout the work, otherwise it is not eligible to receive the funding.

If all plans go ahead on time the work is likely to start mid-to-late 2014 and the work could last up to 18 months.

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