The Henry Moore Foundation
The Henry Moore Foundation project saw Munro Building Services working with main contractor R G Carter to bring to life a new gallery and archive space at Henry Moore’s former home in the Hertfordshire countryside. Munro provided mechanical and electrical services in both the new build extension and the refurbished existing area. The work spanned over two buildings, Elmwood and Dane Tree House, making way for a new shop, café, offices and specialist archive rooms.
The client required long-term, sustainable engineering solutions to help keep running costs for the ‘not for profit’ organisation low, this saw Munro install a ground source heat pump system to provide efficient heating and cooling to the buildings, which was paired with a natural and energy efficient lighting solution.
When it came to the archives, careful consideration had to be given to the artefacts that would be held there. From prints and drawings to newspaper cuttings, the archives required particularly accurate and precise settings that maintained the perfect conditions for artefacts and avoid any risk of damage and decay. The ventilation, heating/cooling and lighting strategy therefore play a significant role in the artefact’s condition and lifespan.
Munro went on to secure planned and reactive maintenance at the Henry Moore Foundation on a 12 month contract. To make this project even more exciting for the team, the project has since won a place as a Regional Finalist: Sculpting Outstanding Design with Henry Moore.