Design Museum awarded grant for relocation plans

The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded the Design Museum a £300 000 grant to develop its plans to relocate to the former Commonwealth Institute on London’s Kensington High Street.

The initial grant signals an HLF first round pass, meaning that the project meets HLF criteria for funding and organisers can move on to the second application stage. The museum now has two years to develop its proposals and apply for a further £4.9m of HLF funding.

In June, the Design Museum appointed John Pawson to carry out the design of the interior of the new museum. Pawson will work alongside Rotterdam-based architect OMA, which is developing plans for residential buildings around the CI structure, now renamed the Parabola. The Design Museum is scheduled to move to the site in 2013.

The museum is among a number of institutions across the UK to be awarded HLF grants announced this morning. Portsmouth’s National Museum of the Royal Navy, King’s Theatre in Glasgow and Northumberland’s Hexham Abbey have also been granted initial support from the HLF.

The William Morris Gallery in London, the Britain from Above: Aerofilms archives, Cromford Mills in Derbyshire and York Minster have secured confirmed funding totalling £14.9m.

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