Preston Park Museum

Redeveloping a historic museum complex.

Preston Park Museum
Completed 2012
Exterior image of the Grade II listed Preston Park Museum.

Buttress was appointed to oversee the restoration of Preston Park Museum, which is located within the grounds of a Grade II listed Georgian mansion on the banks of the River Tees.

Detailing on the exterior of a Grade II listed Georgian manor house.
Detailing on the exterior of a Grade II listed Georgian manor house.
Detailing on the exterior of a Grade II listed Georgian manor house.

The museum

In addition to the restoration of the building, which included re-roofing, re-pointing and stonework cleaning and repair work, the interiors have been remodelled to improve visitor access and create gallery spaces that are more suitable for modern museum use.

The visitor flow through the museum has been redesigned with a continual progression, which flows from one room to another.

New openings have been created on the ground floor, whilst on the upper floor, the removal of corridor access is a significant intervention to the building fabric, creating a series of interconnected rooms.

Image of a museum exhibition space.
Image of a museum exhibition space.

Access within the building has also been improved with the creation of new stairs and lifts. The improvement of M+E systems has also been key to the project, with new services designed to sit sensitively and almost invisibly within the historic rooms.

To achieve this, we worked closely with the exhibition designers whilst detailing the architectural changes and M+E to ensure a coherent and integrated approach to the new design. All exhibition spaces have been redesigned and a small number of new galleries created.

Image of a corridor and stairwell within a museum.

The Victorian street

In addition to the main museum works, we were also involved in the renovation of the replica Victorian Street, located outside of the Georgian mansion. A new sweet shop and café, housed in one of the historic shops, was also created to increase the commercial revenue of the redeveloped museum and enhance the vibrancy of the street scene.

Image of a replica Victorian street.
Image of a Victorian-style shopfront.
Interior image of a cafe.

The Victorian walled garden

A separate commission, running concurrent to the museum refurbishment, was the repair and redevelopment of the formed walled kitchen garden and orchard.

The garden has been redesigned to the style of a kitchen garden of 1895, which is keeping with the date of the museum, and is open to the public as part of the full museum offer.

Architectural elements such as a Bothy and new glasshouses have been reintroduced alongside new sections of wall to complete the development works.

A Victorian walled garden.
A Victorian walled garden.

Image credits

© Jill Tate

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