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The Great Hall, National Railway Museum, York

In 2009 Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects were appointed by The National Rail Museum in York to provide architectural support to Ralph Appelbaum Associates who had been appointed to lead the design of a dynamic new exhibition of the collection within The Great Hall – one of the two principal exhibition Halls at the Museum. The brief includes the provision of a new shop, catering facilities and toilet accommodation together with new environmental services and the upgrade of the thermal performance of the existing building fabric. The Halls are separated by a major road serving York City Centre and a significant part of the architectural brief was to improve visitor access between the two buildings. This has led to the proposal to construct a new ‘backbone’ element that extends from the foyer of the City Entrance Pavilion, across Leeman Road and through to the mid point of The Great Hall where it provides a dramatic panorama across the hall and the collection.

An initial phase of the project for the entrance and the shop were carried out, but the main project was put on hold while the funding strategy is re-evaluated.