This is an exciting and innovative project, and has the potential to set a benchmark for new work in the historic environment
Dow Jones Architects, who led on the 2008 development at the Museum, were appointed to reconfigure the interior of the church and design new spaces for education and the café in the garden.
Detailed plans have were developed, in consultation with the Museum’s Friends, supporters and neighbours, and full planning permission was granted in May 2014.
Within the church building the freestanding timber structure will be extended to create new gallery space, allowing for over 1000 objects from the Garden Museum’s collection to be on display. The centrepiece of this will be the Tradescant Ark, while the Pelham memorial chapel will be opened up and will house the country’s first Archive of Garden Design.
Outside, three beautiful lightweight pavilion buildings and connecting cloisters will frame the garden. The first, the Garden Classroom, will provide a space for school groups during the daytime, and our programme of adult lectures in the evenings. A second, smaller Learning Studio will provide space for more intimate workshop and study groups.
The third pavilion will house the larger café with direct access from the street and outdoor seating in the churchyard. The unique character of the café will be retained but will be supported by a modern kitchen and a warm, inviting space during the winter months.
The gardens, designed by a leading contemporary designer, will bring together the garden and churchyard to provide a stunning new public garden to rival the best private gardens in London.
If you would like to support our development please contact Christina McMahon, Fundraising Officer on 020 7401 8865 firstname.lastname@example.org