Paragon, the specialist fit-out division of the international support services and construction group Interserve, has completed the refurbishment and interior fit out of the Science Museum’s new £6 million interactive gallery, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.
Situated on the third floor of the museum, the interactive gallery is 60 per cent larger than its predecessor, Launchpad, allowing the Science Museum to set ambitious targets to double the number of school children visiting for free to 200,000 within three years of opening.
Designed by muf architecture/art, the vision of the gallery centres on the beauty and wonder of science and mathematics that shape our lives and aims to inspire visitors of all ages. This has been achieved through the introduction of interactive exhibits featuring scientific phenomena and mathematical principles, which can be directly experienced through our senses. The space also includes artwork and live scientific demonstrations.
Paragon’s role on the project included the refurbishment and fit out of the gallery including: strip out of the existing gallery, new roof ventilation works, replacement windows, new mechanical and electrical services, as well as wall and floor finishes, specialist joinery to create exhibits and a backdrop to the remaining installation.
Simon Hands, Project Director at Paragon, said:
“Working with the Science Museum and muf architecture/art on this project has challenged us in the best way possible and we are very proud of what we have achieved. Undertaking this level of work in an operational museum and coordinating all of the individual exhibitors and stakeholders has been made possible through a collaborative team effort. This proactive approach by everyone has resulted in an exceptional cultural space that will be used by hundreds of thousands of people in the years to come.”
Paragon is also leading the interior fit out of the Science Museum’s forthcoming Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid and due to open in December 2016.