Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Client: Bristol City Council

Alec French worked closely with Bristol City Council’s museum service on a range of alterations to the iconic Grade II* listed Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

The project primarily involved the installation of a new passenger lift which for the first time would allow full visitor access to all gallery levels in the building. Its introduction had been a long standing aspiration for the Museum and has not only improved visitor access but has greatly enhanced the staffs ability to service all floors from Basement to Roof for the movement of exhibits and undertaking building maintenance.

This challenging project consisted of constructing a new steel frame and blockwork lift shaft clad in high quality zinc materials within just one of a few extremely confined external areas on the Museum site that could achieve the required links to all levels.

Other aspects of the project included the refurbishment of existing gallery spaces directly linked to the lift location , the refurbishment of historic public toilets the creation of much needed back of house staff facilities.

Access to the building for the construction works was a particular challenging and yet was completed whilst the museum remained open to the public.

Winner of a Bristol Civic Society Award.