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AKTII to engineer new Museum of London

A team to deliver the complex relocation of the Museum of London at its new site in West Smithfield in London has been announced, including AKTII winning the civil engineering.

The team will help to relocate the current building in London Wall to the iconic set of Victorian buildings in Farringdon. The new 25,000m2 site has been vacant for a number of years and includes Smithfield general market, the fish market, the Red House and the Engine House.

AKTII will be acting as both structural and civil engineers, Momentum Transport Consultancy will be transport consultant, there are project managers from Buro Four, Gerald Eve are planning consultants and Arup are building services engineers.

The team of engineers and planners will join lead architects Stanton Williams and Asif Khan who were appointed in July 2016. Specialist conservation architect Julian Harrap, landscape architects J&L Gibbons and design managers Plan A will also join the team.

Earlier this year, the project received support from the City of London Corporation and the Mayor of London, which pledged £110M and £70M respectively.

Plans for the redevelopment will be put out for consultation in the autumn.

“This team, with their expertise and enthusiasm, is the perfect fit to deliver this ambitious and important project,” said Museum of London director Sharon Ament.

“The appointments allow us to press ahead with the planning process, working closely with the City of London Corporation and Greater London Authority, so that we can tell the story of this city through an iconic new museum at West Smithfield by 2022.”

The museum is intending to submit a planning application for the West Smithfield site to the City of London Corporation in 2018 and to deliver the new museum by 2022. 

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