This year’s shortlist for RIBA’s prestigious Stirling Prize includes The Whitworth Gallery in Manchester, the third time that Ted Todd hardwood floors have featured in a shortlisted project.
Ted Todd was thrilled to have been involved with the redevelopment of the Gallery with the successful installation of flooring at Manchester’s £15m Whitworth Art Gallery redevelopment.
The redevelopment of the building, which was already extended in the 1960s, involved stripping out the suspended ceilings to reinstate the original spatial relationships and linking the original building to the new extension and the park beyond.
The Whitworth’s redevelopment was a seriously prestigious project with an ultra-challenging flooring specification: very long and wide European Oak planks in a specific FSC-certified prime grade in both solid and engineered format. Naturally, we were up to the challenge.
Before and during the project, we worked closely with MUMA on the product brief. We also undertook specialist research to devise a way of installing the extensive areas of solid flooring – up to 16m wide in some areas.
The importance of the getting the floor specification and fitting just right is highlighted when looking down the centre of the existing building out towards Whitworth Park, with all aspects of the building now working harmoniously together.
One of the UK’s largest gallery projects
The gallery redevelopment, by architects MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects) and main contractors ISG, was one of the UK’s largest current gallery projects and has firmly established the Manchester Gallery as one of the UK’s premier art destinations, confirmed when The Whitworth was awarded Gallery of the Year for 2015.
Helping achieve successful project completion
We’re thrilled to have been involved and that our specification consultants helped bring the project together to successful completion. Congratulations to MUMA and the Whitworth on being shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, and for breathing new life into the Gallery.