The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester has recently been transformed by a £15 million development, doubling the size of the gallery by creating new spaces for the gallery’s historic collections and research projects. As part of this development, Studio Ted Todd worked with Noma architects to provide an unusually solid wood floor in prime grade across all main gallery areas.
Our work at the Whitworth Art Gallery was vast and complex. Laying all the floors across very wide spaces, we worked with TRADA to calculate how much expansion we should allow between the boards to allow for natural movement. Manufactured to a very tight grading standard, the wood floor had a very small amount of knots and no sap, in board lengths up to 4 metres long. The tightly controlled project was signed off plank-by-plank by the architects, resulting in a breathtaking finish.
The team were very happy with our flooring, having achieved the exact look they wanted. The project went on to be shortlisted by the prestigious RIBA Awards.