Our winning project the Information Age Gallery, Science Museum in collaboration with Universal Design Studio explores the impact of communication technologies throughout 2,500 sq m of exhibition space. An elliptical walkway, known as the 'Whispering Gallery', surrounds the double height space which is enjoyed by a global audience while maintaining regular and sustained support from its local community. The Information Age Gallery has become a well-loved community hub and features regularly in the routines of visitors, from local schools and those attending guided tours, families participating in workshops and adults pursuing lifelong learning.
We are extremely proud to accept an award for a project which has had such a positive impact on the community and the lives of many individuals. We extend our congratulations to all involved.
Judge's comment: 'For the Regional Awards judges looked for: 'Benefit to the community', 'Sustainability' and 'Value', in addition to the 'Excellent Structural Engineering' that must underpin every award. All 4 qualities are evident in the elliptical walkway that brings a new dimension to the viewing of this gallery. The clean lines do not detract from the exhibits, the limited opportunities for support have been cleverly exploited by the chosen structural form and visitors benefit from easier circulation and improved viewing. The cost-effective steel structure was erected with minimum disruption to Museum activity and should provide a maintenance free facility for many decades. As with all the best solutions, the 'Whispering Gallery' forms a natural feature with a real sense of belonging.'