The project sought to investigate the means by which Blakesley Hall a 16C Grade II* timber framed Yeoman's House owned and operated as a regional museum by Birmingham City Council could be developed to provide a sustainable visitor attraction with enhanced community and education facilities.
It was identified that the museum's interpretation as a previously rural building was severely challenged by its now suburban context and accordingly a strategy of re-presentation was evolved that maximised the contextual seperation of the Hall through the introduction of a series of carefully landscaped gardens within which the new visitor building forms an integral part.
Essential repairs were also undertken to the Hall itself along with the reinterpretation of the interiors as aseries of period set-pieces necessitating the careful integration of environmental controls and display lighting.
Civic Trust Awards - Commendation - 2004
Undertaken at Niall Phillips Architects