Gale & Snowden was selected by North Devon District Council to undertake a concept design study for a new extension to the Barnstaple and North Devon Museum: the ‘Long Bridge Wing’.
The Stage 1 proposal included a double-height atrium space and would incorporate an improved café and a new Social History Gallery, designed to showcase life in North Devon over the past 100 years, displaying such artefacts as a Huxtable plough and the last Barnstaple salmon boat. The proposal also replanned the interior of the existing museum to improve visitor circulation through galleries and exhibitions.
In addition to the new Social History Gallery, the proposal included a high-quality temporary exhibition space, improved storage facilities, and fit-for-purpose educational and meeting facilities, all with full disabled access.
- Protection of artifacts from direct UV sunlight
- Temperature and humidity controls
- Beneficial solar heat gain
- Super-insulated – triple glazing and high levels of insulation throughout
- Non-thermal bridging detailing
- Natural ventilation
- Low energy lighting and appliances throughout
- Healthy building design in accordance with Building Biology principles, e.g. non-VOC and non-chlorine based (non-PVC) materials, organic paints, stains and oils
- Natural and low embodied energy materials
- Low water-use design
- Airtight construction
Gale & Snowden very much enjoyed working with Barnstaple and North Devon Museum during the Stage 1 process and wish the Museum all the best with their ongoing fundraising.