Museum in Docklands

client: Museum of London
engineer: Edward Morton
status: Completed
value: £3.5m

We were originally appointed as lead consultant to advise on the repair and re-roofing of the Grade I listed Warehouses 1 & 2 in West India Quay by London Docklands Development Corporation. The scope of works included a full structural and condition survey of the 8 blocks and Dock Master’s Office, assessment of previous underpinning and timber treatment, and then the management and contract administration of repair works included for the roofs, timber, stonework and masonry. A new trussed pitch pine roof was constructed over a previously fire damaged block spanning approximately 24m.

After these repairs were completed, Blocks H, G & F were selected for conversion into the Museum of Docklands. We were appointed as structural engineers as part of a full design team. The Museum conversion required extensive alterations including the provision of new stairs, lifts and ramps to allow access for all. We worked closely with the architect and services engineer using a practical approach sympathetic to this historically sensitive building enabling the project to be successfully completed.

A key feature of the building was the exposed nature of the structure with timber floors and columns all exposed.  To justify the floors under fire conditions we arranged for a section of floor, at the position of a lift, to be fire tested, with the result that no treatment or lining of this was necessary.

Our involvement with this building had continued, giving structural advice to the Museum on floor loading for particular displays and events.