Mivan has secured two major museum fit-out projects in Glasgow and London - the £4.4million Glasgow Riverside Museum (pictured) contract and the £1.6million project at the Museum of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell, London.
The brand new Glasgow Riverside Museum project is Mivan's largest museum project in recent years. Mivan will be supplying and installing a range of complex exhibition systems, street scenes and displays throughout the new building.
In contrast, The Museum of the Order of St John at St John's Gate is a Grade 1 listed Building, and the Gate itself dates back to 1504. As part of an extensive redevelopment Mivan will be carrying out structural works and fitting-out areas in The Priory Church and the Museum at St John's Gate.
At Glasgow, Mivan will be working with Culture and Sport Glasgow and the City Council to realise the designs of Event Communications, both of whom worked with Mivan previously on the award-winning Glasgow Kelvingrove Museum in 2006. Mivan's in-house manufacturing capability, combining specialist joinery and precision metalwork, was a big factor in helping Mivan to secure this project, providing a vast amount of manufacturing hours in the process. The iconic Museum in Glasgow is being built at a cost of £74 million and has quickly established itself as the latest landmark on the banks of the Clyde. The innovative and inspiring structure is now taking shape as anticipation builds for what will be an outstanding addition to Glasgow's architecture and cultural heritage. It was designed by the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid. The building will celebrate Glasgow's outstanding contribution to the world of travel and transport. At the heart of the Glasgow Harbour development, it is due to open in spring 2011. The Heritage Lottery Fund committed £18.1million to the project, one of the biggest lottery grants ever in Scotland.
On the Museum of the Order of St John project, Mivan is working as Main Contractor and will be a key part of the project team in helping to transform the museum from its current state. St John's Gate, where the Museum is located, has been welcoming visitors as diverse as Shakespeare, Dickens and Madonna since 1504. The Tudor Gatehouse was constructed as the entrance to the medieval Priory of the Order of St John, the English Headquarters of the Hospitallers, whose modern incarnation is the Order of St John, with its two major charities, St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital, Jerusalem. The Museum has already been awarded a grant of £1.6million from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Mivan will be providing joinery and construction services that will help to showcase unusual artefacts such as paintings, illuminated manuscripts, ancient coins and rare armour. The Museum will open to the public in the summer of 2010. The designers are London-based Metaphor, who are also involved in the new Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
Speaking about the contract awards, Mivan Business Development Director Stephen Mills commented "these are two very different, but equally exciting projects to be involved with. The Museum of the Order of St John is one of the great hidden treasures of London, tracing the history of a 900 year old charity. The expansive Riverside Museum in Glasgow will become a landmark building for Scotland and Mivan is delighted to play a role in making this happen." Glasgow Riverside Museum. For further information please visit www.glasgowmuseums.com Museum of the Order of St John. For further information please visit www.sja.org.uk/museum« Go Back