05 July 2018
In early February 2018 Kettle’s Yard reopened fully for the first time in two years having closed its doors temporarily to undertake a major refurbishment. With a fresh new look, crowds flocked to the opening night to be greeted with the rejuvenated gallery, house and café area in this iconic Cambridge museum.
With Munro on site since April 2017 providing M&E for the refurbishment of the existing spaces and the new build extension, the focus was on one of the main additions: the fourth floor education wing.
The project which was part supported financially by the Heritage Lottery Fund provided a hub where education of the arts would be able to flourish in the city centre. If you visit the Kettle’s Yard ‘What’s On’ page you will see for yourself how much this space has allowed for bigger exhibitions and just as importantly extra talks and workshops.
Encouraging Families to Embrace the Arts
A quick glance of their upcoming schedule displays an abundance of artistic education experiences, from Meet the Artist talks to lectures with University of Cambridge scholars as well as the artist led workshop for families known as ‘Studio Sunday.’
Encouraging families to make the most of the space is partially what the new Kettle’s Yard is all about. In 2010 when The Arts Council England’s released their 10 year plan and strategic framework for Great Art and Culture for Everyone we prepared ourselves to see big changes to our heritage sites and museums in order to reach the goals set out in the framework.
The completion of this project will see Kettle’s Yard reach one goal in particular which is to ensure ‘Every child and young person has the opportunity to experience the richness of the arts, museums and libraries.’
Art & Sustainability in Buildings – A Natural Pairing
Providing a learning space that will inspire future generations has made this an important project for us, cementing the fact that we are all responsible for the future of our city, preserving its heritage and educating our children about it. This combined with the fact the M&E installation was one of the most carbon neutral projects Munro have been a part of, leaves us feeling exceedingly proud of what the team has achieved here.
If you’d like to read more about this green Mechanical and Electrical installation please head over to our Kettle’s Yard Case Study page.