By sharing your comments with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea about the museum’s planning applications for the new Design Museum you can contribute to rejuvenating this landmark building. If you think that the new Design Museum matters – get involved – take part in the debate about this important cultural project now.
The museum has submitted two important planning applications to support its move to the former Commonwealth Institute. These applications will soon be considered by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea planning committee, so it is now your opportunity to share your comments and help ensure the applications are approved.
The first application Reference PP/11/03333 is in support of extending the museum’s opening hours, so that the museum can stay open from time to time beyond 10pm. This will allow the museum to hold evening events for the public, which are a critical part of its programme for visitors, but also help generate much needed income to support the museum’s charitable activities.
The second application Reference LB/11/03340 shows the museum’s scheme for reconfiguring the interior of the building. The plans online give a good outline of how the internal layout will be reconfigured to accommodate the museum’s and its visitors’ needs. Specifically, this application is aiming to determine the size and location of the openings in the first and second floor that will form a new central atrium, create a second opening in the second floor, create two new mezzanine, one in the basement and one between ground floor and first floor levels which will echo the original dais. These changes will preserve stunning internal views of the distinctive ‘swept’ roof and will improve the quality of access in the public spaces.
There is only more week for opinions to be registered, the deadline is Friday 16 March.
You can register your comments by:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the reference numbers in the subject line. Reference PP/11/03333 for the opening hours application, reference LB/11/03340, for the interior of the building.
Post your feedback quoting the reference numbers to:
Robert Lancaster, Department of Planning and Development
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Town Hall, Hornton Street
London W8 7NX
Everyone, whether they in the borough or not, is able to respond to the proposed plans and we hope that you will support the ambitious vision for the building and the future life of the museum.