Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
GSSArchitecture were appointed by West Northamptonshire Council as Architects, Lead Consultants and Principal Designers to lead the significant expansion and extension project at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.
As part of the GSS Cultural Quarter masterplan, the project involved construction of an extension into the former Gaol Block on Angel Street, which was initially part of the museum until being sold off and, until recently, was used as Council offices. The reclaimed space now houses a shoe gallery, showcasing the museum’s world renowned collection. The location of the gallery allows it to flow into parts of the vaulted structures which formed the original Gaol, more than doubling the space on offer to the public.
In addition, the museum extends into the adjacent Guildhall Road Block, a building designed by GSSArchitecture’s Founder, John Alfred Gotch in 1937. A courtyard extension, designed using glass and sandstone, integrates the former museum buildings, the Gaol Block and Guildhall Road Block as well as providing additional gallery space, a café and roof terrace.
Now complete, the role of the museum in the area has been transformed, providing an enriched and improved experience to contribute towards the regeneration of Northampton Town Centre, enhancing the entertainment, learning and leisure aspects of the community.
GSS have worked collaboratively to respect and incorporate the existing architecture. The project is the latest in the practice’s growing portfolio of regional and national museums, galleries and exhibition spaces.