Remaking Beamish

Location: Beamish Museum, County Durham
Client: Beamish Museum
Architect: N/A
Main Contractor: N/A
Scope: Civil & Structural Engineering Design
Contract Value: £10 million

Beamish Museum is a living, working museum that uses its collections to connect with people from all walks of life and tells the story of everyday life in the North East of England.

Remaking Beamish is a very exciting project that involves significant expansion of the Museum including works on the 1820’s Georgian Area alongside the creation of a new 1950’S Town that will once again provide visitors with the chance to go back to a time in living memory.

As with a lot of exhibits on the Museum site, this scheme seeks to provide a combination of relocated buildings that have been donated to the Museum and a series of new buildings that will be constructed to reflect the memories and stories shared by the wider communities of the original building locations.

Included in the project is a Welfare Hall, Aged Miners’ Homes, 1950’s Semi-detached houses, John’s Café, Spain’s Field Farm, a New Bus Depot (separate Jasper Kerr Project), a new bowling pavilion, a new Scout Hut, Ryhope Cinema replica, a Georgian Inn, 1820’s Industry, and the Quilter’s Cottage.

Jasper Kerr are responsible for guiding the in-house Beamish Design Team to ensure the structural arrangement is fit for purpose and stands up to the rigours of modern-day design codes of practice. This includes all aspects of structural design, as well as some site wide drainage and infrastructure design works.

Where required the replica buildings will be fully designed and detailed by Jasper Kerr, for example Ryhope Cinema, and done in a manner that is sympathetic to the original detailing as captured in historic photos, anecdotal descriptions, and some condition survey reports. By working closely with the Beamish designers as well as other external consultants we are very proud to be helping such a well-loved visitor attraction in the local region.

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