Willmott Dixon Design Museum

The interior designing unit of UK-based Willmott Dixon, Willmott Dixon Interiors, has won a £20m fit-out contract for the new Design Museum building in London.

The museum is being relocated to the Grade II-listed, former Commonwealth Institute building on Kensington High Street from its previous location at Shad Thames.

The new development will have three times more space than the current building.

Built in Kensington’s cultural quarter, it will also sit in the vicinity of the Royal College of Art, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, and the Serpentine Gallery.

Under the contract, Willmott Dixon will turn John Pawson’s interior vision for the museum into a reality.

“This is a high-profile and prestigious project that will see the Design Museum become one of London’s biggest attractions.”

The scope of work includes provision of new galleries with enough space for one permanent and two temporary exhibition areas, along with modern learning spaces, a library, an auditorium, office areas and a new restaurant.

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The facility will have 10,000m² of total space, with 400m² allocated to learning facilities.

Willmott Dixon Interiors COO Mike Hart said: “This is a high-profile and prestigious project that will see the Design Museum become one of London’s biggest attractions when we complete the fit-out, with over 500,000 visitors expected annually.

“We are very proud to be delivering this last, important stage of the museum’s long-term plan for a bigger home, especially as we have a long track-record restoring listed buildings into modern spaces fit for the 21st century.”

Image: Design Museum at Kensington interiors. Photo: courtesy of Alex Morris Visualisation.