Friday, 16 April 2010

Discover Greenwich in Building Design Review

Sidell Gibson with John Miller + Partners Architects' recently openened Discover Greenwich project at the Old Royal Naval College is featured in Building Design Magazine's BD Reviews Refurbishment supplement:

New brew for John Miller in Greenwich

John Miller & Partners has transformed a collection of grade II listed buildings within the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich to house a visitor centre and microbrewery.

As part of the £6 million project, the architects refurbished the Pepys Building, which once contained racquet courts and has more recently served as a naval engineering workshop. The main space houses Discover Greenwich, which will function as a visitor centre for the history of maritime Greenwich.

The refurbishment included the conversion of a service entrance into a new public entrance adjacent to the Cutty Sark.

The building envelope has been insulated and reglazed and a rear mezzanine has been added to the Pepys Building to link into an adjacent building, which has been refurbished as an education centre.

A passive ventilation system has been introduced with underfloor heating and communications servicing beneath a new terrazzo resin floor.

The east wing has been refurbished as a dining and refreshment area. During the project the architects discovered the remains of a brewery in a derelict adjacent building which has now been refurbished and fitted out with a new brewing tower to continue the historic brewing tradition on the site.

The Discover Greenwich exhibition, designed by Real Studios, includes an overview of the architectural pedigree of the site, including its origins as the site of Henry VIII’s palace and its naval past as the Royal Hospital for Seamen.
(BD Review Refurbishments April 2010)

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