“Once-in-a-generation opportunity”: Redeveloping Greenwich Observatory

12 April 2022

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We are excited to be part of the team appointed to transform the Royal Observatory Greenwich ahead of its 350th anniversary in 2025.

Last August, the Royal Museums Greenwich launched the hunt for design teams to revitalise the south London attraction’s visitor experience with new galleries and other site improvements.

The observatory was founded by Charles II in 1675 and gave its name to Greenwich Mean Time in 1847. It hosts a unique collection of buildings designed to hold astronomical instruments. Among them are Christopher Wren’s octagonal Flamsteed House, which dates back to 1676 and is grade I-listed.

Working alongside Jamie Fobert Architects, Purcell and Price & Myers, we are providing M&E Engineering, Acoustics and Lighting Design.

Royal Museums Greenwich said the redevelopment project would be a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to revisit the ways in which the site works and rethink the stories that are told.

"We're delighted to be involved in the upgrade to the Royal Observatory Greenwich ahead of their 350th anniversary in 2025.

Working alongside Jamie Fobert, Purcell and Price & Myers continues on recent collaborations such as Tate St Ives and the National Portrait Gallery.

We're excited to bring our shared knowledge and experience from these and other projects to the historic collection of buildings at Greenwich Observatory." - Mark Nutley, Senior Partner and Museums/Galleries Leader at Max Fordham

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