National Army Museum refreshed by BDP

The National Army Museum has reopened in London today following a three-year regeneration in which BDP played a key role.

The 1970s museum received an extensive refurbishment and a new extension by contractor Gilbert-Ash, with BDP providing architecture, engineering, lighting, acoustics, landscape and interior design services on the £23.75m scheme.

Tim Leach, architect director at BDP, said:

“The creative adaptation of this major UK museum presents a wonderful opportunity to re-order the building, redisplay the collections and communicate the significance of the army story to a wider audience.”

BDP’s work involved substantial re-ordering of the building to maximise access and improve visitor experience. Internally, a new, naturally lit central atrium staggered across all floors creates ‘a dynamic space that opens up vistas into and through the depth of the building’ according to the architects.

The project also delivered 2,200 m² of exhibition space across six permanent galleries and a new temporary exhibition gallery. Education and learning spaces, cafe, retail and front and back house support spaces were also provided.