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Following an open International competition Napier Clarke were appointed to design a new visitor centre and refurbish an existing learning centre for the Black Country Living Museum.
The Black Country Living Museum appointed Buckinghamshire-based Napier Clarke Architects to design an ambitious new Visitor Centre.The Visitor Centre is the central aspect of the new Visitor Welcome that the Museum will create as part of the project. Not only will it allow BCLM to turn its face to Castle Hill and create a physical link between the Museum and the other attractions at Castle Hill (including Dudley Zoo, Castle and Canal Trust) but it will be the welcome point for up to 5,000 visitors per day as visitor numbers grow to almost 500,000 per year upon completion of the project. It will also house an introductory exhibition and substantial food & drink and retail outlets, enabling the Museum’s current Rolfe Street entrance building to be repurposed as a dedicated Learning Centre.
Following a competitive selection process, we were fortunate enough to win against a list of 26 esteemed architects practices. Napier Clarke Architects Directors, Steven Clarke and Amy Napier commented
“We were delighted to have been appointed by Black Country Living Museum to design its ‘New Visitor Welcome’ facilities. It’s an important project for one of the UK’s most interesting museums, and very exciting for Napier Clarke to take forward our most significant cultural project to date.”
Andrew Lovett, Chief Executive at BCLM said “The whole selection panel was very impressed with the highly experienced and enthusiastic team Napier Clarke Architects had brought together on their pitch; they really seemed to understand what we are trying to achieve. We hope a new contemporary Visitor Centre will provide a visually fascinating juxtaposition to the historic area of the Museum’s site and create an excellent welcoming experience for our visitors.”