ss Great Britain

Client: ss Great Britain Trust
Value: £7m (including fit-out)
Duration: Completed December 2017

Being Brunel is a new museum telling the extraordinary story of hero engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel through never-before-seen personal possessions, as well as interactive exhibits and audio-visual experiences. It gives unprecedented access to objects from the National Brunel Collection, currently cared for at the Brunel Institute.

Located on Bristol’s Floating Harbour, Being Brunel is housed within a custom-built museum alongside Brunel’s iconic ship, SS Great Britain, and includes an access bridge into the fully-restored Grade II* historic Dock Office building, which formerly housed the offices of the Great Western Steamship Company. This means visitors, including wheelchair users, can enjoy the restored building for the first time. The project also completes the restoration of the historic dockyard, immersing visitors in the authentic setting for the SS Great Britain.


Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award 2018 (Shortlisted)
Building Awards Small Project of the Year 2018 (Shortlisted)