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Museum of Zoology

John McAslan + Partners completed the remodelling of Cambridge University's Museum of Zoology in 2002.

The practice was appointed in early 2001, and developed the project with a multi-disciplinary design team comprising WSP for engineering and Gardiner and Theobald for cost consultancy.

The primary aim of the project was to maximise public benefit from the three core museum activities of collections management, teaching and research.  The completed phase focused on improving the physical and intellectual access to the Museum, with funding provided by Resource (the Council for Museums, Archives and Libraries).

A second phase of the work is planned in the future to enhance the representation of key elements of the collection, notably the enormous finback whale skeleton acquired in 1866, the world's largest recorded of its species.  project will also provide facilities for educational use of the Museum, and will enable it to exhibit some of its more precious items, such as the Dodo skeleton and specimens collected by Charles Darwin. 

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  • Sector


  • Location

    Cambridge, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    University of Cambridge

  • Size


  • Cost

    £1.5 million

  • Team

    John McAslan & Partners, Architect
    Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Museum Design Consultant
    WSP and Ove Arup & Partners, Multi-disciplinary Engineer
    Gardiner & Theobald, Cost Consultant

  • Status

    Completed 2002

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