The consultancy was appointed in April having been invited to a three-way strategic pitch. Nick Bell Design has previously worked with Casson Mann, which designed the Winston Churchill museum in London.
Nick Bell Design will lead a design team that also includes Nick Coombe Architecture, with exhibition build by The Hub; and will be responsible for all interpretation design, exhibition architecture and graphic design.
The exhibition space at Chartwell is to be redesigned to display more of the existing collections and to have the ability to physically transform to display touring and temporary exhibitions for three months of each year.
The brief is to create a space that is clearly differentiated from the main house. David Sudlow, creative design manager, says, ‘The house is set out for a visitor to experience what it was like when the Churchill family lived there. Our space has to be a change in terms of the aesthetic – it’s about content, so it’ll be very object-rich.’
Work began the project this month, and it is hoped to be completed in January 2012.