British Museum WCEC

London WC1

Stirling Prize short list
Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners
The British Museum
Main Contractor:
Completion Date:
Portland Stone:
Bowers Roach
Scope of Project:
Rainscreen Cladding to Extension of North West Corner of Museum
Stone Installer:

First opened in Bloomsbury in 1759, the British Museum is dedicated to human history and culture. With over 8 million works, it is among the largest museums in the world.

The new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, will provide the museum with a new gallery, state-of-the-art studios, science labs and purpose built storage areas to catalogue & support the museum's extensive UK and International loans programme.

The team at Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners won a competition to design the new facilities at the museum back in 2007. Their design represented the architectural legacy of the Grade I listed building whilst improving and enhancing the existing infrastructure.

Albion Stone supplied 1,600m² of Portland Bowers Roach for the stone and glass façade of the new centre pavilions.

RSH+P’s decision to use the Roach Stone was a result of their collaboration with Albion to understand the physical characteristics of the material, its performance over time and its visual qualities both at the quarry and in its use on numerous prestigious buildings.