H H Smith
Special Exhibition Gallery
The Science and Industry Museum is situated on the site of the world’s first passenger railway station on Liverpool Road, Manchester.
It is a large museum devoted to the development of science, technology and industry with emphasis on the city’s achievements in these fields.
The museum contains extensive displays on the theme of transport, power, Manchester’s sewerage and sanitation, textiles, communications and computing.
The customer brief was to deliver a new special exhibition gallery, part of the museum’s masterplan to improve the relationship between buildings and external spaces as well as connecting visitors to the historic site.
Manchester based firm HH Smith won the contract which would include modifications to the hard landscaping on the external approach to improve accessibility and address level differences on the route into the new space for visitors.
Building services for the project would be subject to robust environmental controls to Bizot Green Protocol standards (which involves finding ways to reconcile the desirability of long-term preservation of collections with the need to reduce energy use), in support of sensitive display objects of cultural significance.
The solution provided by Murray Building Services would include the fitting of a full ventilation systems to provide temperature and humidity control for the new hall.
Heating and ventilation systems were installed to the reception area, retail spaces and visitor gathering areas.
Finally, to complete the building services work and satisfy the stringent requirements of the specification, a new building management system (BMS) was installed.
Engineers at Murray Building Services have extensive experience in energy saving building services measures. View previous projects here.
(Image by By Science Museum Group – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)