London’s celebrated Design Museum will re-open on 24 November after its much anticipated relocation from Shad Thames to a spectacular setting on Kensington High Street. Architect John Pawson’s vision to transform the vacant Commonwealth Institute building into a thriving 21st century museum with three times more space will result in over 500,000 visitors per year. Stewart Fraser’s Pyrostyle glazed Fire Screens are part of this epic refurbishment, elegantly protecting stair wells on each side of the building.
Our experience and understanding of the complexities of restoring and respecting the heritage of Grade 2 listed buildings meant that we were easily able to adapt to variations in the schedule. With typically flexible flair we split the work into two phases to accommodate the changes. This included a revised fire strategy and resulted in our Pyrostyle Fire Screens providing both Integrity and Insulation protection levels, once again ensuring that aesthetic appeal matches unrivalled protection.
The new Design Museum will be the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design and architecture, an international showcase for the UK’s many design skills and a creative centre, promoting innovation and nurturing design talent. Stewart Fraser is proud to be part of such a prestigious project.