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New learning building for the district
A handover ceremony was held on Friday 6th February to mark the completion of the construction of the new community learning pavilion in the Museum in the Park’s walled garden in Stroud.
Those involved in the project including Museum Friends, trustees from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust, Stroud district councillors, the design team, museum staff and contractors attended to see building unveiled.
Kevin Ward, museum development manager, received the keys and said:
'The new pavilion will provide an exciting venue for the museum’s varied audiences. The building, which is the flagship feature of the revived walled garden provides a creative space that will support learning. The modern design of the pavilion reflects the traditional lean-to buildings found in walled gardens. It is clad in materials which complement its surroundings and features a planted roof, solar panels and large sliding doors, bringing the outside and inside together – an inspirational setting for learners at the museum.'
When completed, the walled garden project will give the original 2,000sqm garden a new life, after lying derelict for over 20 years, providing a valuable open space to the public in the grounds of this popular museum. It will feature four ‘traditional’ quarters, divided by a cross section of paths with a dipping pond at the centre, an area for planting and events and an orchard/wild meadow quarter. There will also be a ramped winding pathway up into the garden and to the pavilion from the main museum building.
Anna Jones, trustee of the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust which provided £282,000 of funding for the building, expressed her delight in reaching this point.
She thanked everyone who has supported and worked on the project, and said:
'The pavilion provides a very fitting venue for the museum’s learning programme. Everyone who uses the new building will definitely benefit from using this wonderful space. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before funding is secured to complete the entranceway to allow all visitors into the garden'.
Anna Jones and Cllr Tom Williams, vice-chair of Stroud District Council, unfurled a Museum in the Park flag, to reveal a plaque acknowledging the support of key funders.
Cllr Williams said: 'Along with other funders, Stroud District Council is pleased to be supporting this project which will benefit the local community and the thousands of visitors to the museum. The donations given by the public to the Friends of the Museum are a testament to the local support for the museum and this exciting project. The new building is beautifully designed and befitting the location.'
The Friends of the Museum are continuing to seek the final amount of funding to complete the entranceway for visitors, leading from the museum up into the garden.
Mr Ward added:
'The building will open to the public later this year once the entranceway to the garden is completed. In the meantime, now that the building has been officially handed over to the museum, it will be used for some groups who book the museum’s educational programmes.'
For more information on the project and how to support it, visit www.museuminthepark.org.uk
The Friends of the Museum (Friends of Stroud District (Cowle) Museum) is a charitable trust which offers support and financial assistance to the Museum.
The Gloucestershire Environmental Trust provides grants from funds generated by the Landfill Communities Fund for the benefit of Gloucestershire, its people and its environment. The Trust is funded under the scheme by Cory Environmental (Gloucestershire) Ltd, which owns and manages the waste management operations in Gloucester, Cheltenham and Cirencester. See http://www.glos-environment-trust.co.uk/
The project to construct the Learning Pavilion has been led by Nailsworth based architects David Austin & Associates. The lead contractor is DJP Construction.
Other members of the design team include:
- Greengauge Building Energy Consultants
- Richard Jackson Ltd
- Broadhursts Chartered Quantity Surveyors
- C&G Safety and Environmental Ltd
- Total Lighting and Controls
- Stroud District Council Building Control
- Phillex Electrical Solutions
Photograph shows the Design Team and Museum Manager outside the Pavilion.
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