Kettle's Yard, Cambridge
This project with SDC Construction UK consisted of both a refurbishment of the existing site and a new build wing. Combined, the project created a four floor education wing, improved exhibition galleries, a new foyer/entrance area and a café.
With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the new education wing, the remodelling of the existing spaces were given the go ahead to help combine the building works into a holistic scheme that would improve the space for visitors and diversify the audience.
With a focus on the gallery’s commitment to the next generation and education programme, Munro’s Mechanical and Electrical services also had a part to play. For example, audio visual equipment was installed in the gallery to help make the gallery more interactive and appealing to a wider audience.
Another focus of the project was to improve accessibility around the gallery and new café as well as provide flexible M&E controls across the different areas and galleries to preserve the right environment for the curated items. This was achieved with Munro’s M&E in place with full temperature and humidity being controlled via a full BMS. Meanwhile, the heating and cooling, humidification and dehumidification would be provided by the ventilation system and air source heat pumps.
Due to the air source heating and ventilation being exceedingly efficient, alternative sources of energy such as PV were not required. This green project had its challenges but it was exhilarating to complete works on this locally renowned building.
Munro completed their installation in August 2017 after installing IT cabinets and cabling, ready for reoccupation and opened to the public in February 2018.