Glancy Nicholls Architects were appointed to design and deliver an extension to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in Hanley, Stoke on Trent.
The new two storey extension prominently exhibits the Museum’s RW388 Spitfire, which is visible from the surrounding area. It celebrates the importance of this artefact as a key piece of local history, having recently undergone refurbishment itself by specialists.
The two storey extension is located to the southern façade of the museum and provides a mezzanine level which wraps around the Spitfire, allowing for elevated views and providing additional space for exhibition. Located within the City Centre Conservation Area within Stoke-on-Trent, the development has been designed to sensitively sit within its surroundings, providing a focal point to draw visitors in. With its strong visual links, the extension captures passers-by from the Smithfield development to the South and historic Bethesda Street to the North.
The scheme also involved partly demolishing the existing extension and refurbishing the café. The café now forms a key approach to the Spitfire exhibition and is integral to the journey and experience of the space. Additionally, during its redevelopment, an outside seating area for the café was created.
The extension has created a comfortable internal environment that is conducive to the exhibition’s sensitive artifacts as well as the physical comfort of visitors. The project has been designed in collaboration with the curators of the Potteries Museum, the exhibition strategy is to design a flexible space that celebrates Stoke-on-Trent’s heritage and inspires future generations.