Whitehall Museum, Cheam

  • Public & Arts
  • London Borough of Sutton
  • Work in Progress

Curl La Tourelle Head Architecture are pleased to announce that Planning Permission and Listed Building consent have been granted for proposed works to Whitehall Museum in Cheam, Sutton. A beautiful, Grade II* listed building of significant historic interest within the borough, Whitehall Museum is a rare example of Tudor architecture on a domestic scale. It was opened to the community as a museum by the London Borough of Sutton (‘LBSutton’) as a local museum and historic house in 1978.

CLTH have been delighted to develop proposals for alterations and extensions to the building on behalf of Sutton Council Heritage and Museum Service as part of their successful bid for Heritage Lottery Funding.

As well as proposed exhibition update and an associated programme of activities, the HLF grant means that vital works can be carried out to the building to ensure Whitehall Museum meets public expectations of a modern museum.

With two extensions (including a new lift, stair and toilets), landscaping works and a range of internal works, the changes will increase accessibility of the building for wheelchair users from just 9% of public spaces to 72%. Critical structural and fabric repairs and improvements will remove intrusive C20th works and fixtures, restore original features and will maintain and preserve the building for the enjoyment of generations to come. Whitehall has undergone many adaptations and additions over the centuries, and Clad in charred timber, the two new extensions respond directly to the local context, whilst remaining undeniably of the 21st century.
A new family and education space is to be created within the building which will also serve to free up the refurbished tea-room so that it can remain open to the public throughout the museum’s opening hours.

CLTH are now beginning the detailed design and works are expected to commence in Spring 2016 and continue until Spring 2017. During this time the museum will be closed to the public, but will operate a number of “pop-up museum” events at local gatherings throughout the year, sharing selection of Whitehall’s attractions and heritage information with borough residents.

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