Interserve Press Office | Oct 24, 2016
Interserve’s specialist fit-out business, Paragon, has completed the refurbishment and interior fit out of the Science Museum’s new £6 million interactive gallery, Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery.
Situated on the third floor of the London museum, the interactive gallery is 60 per cent larger than its predecessor, Launchpad, allowing the Science Museum to set ambitious targets to double the number of school children visiting for free to 200,000 within three years of opening.
Designed by muf architecture/art, the gallery explores the beauty and wonder of science and mathematics through a range of new, interactive exhibits featuring scientific phenomena and mathematical principles, which can be directly experienced through our senses. The space also includes artwork and live scientific demonstrations.
Paragon’s role on the project included the refurbishment and fit out of the gallery, the strip out of the existing gallery, roof ventilation works, replacing windows, adding new mechanical and electrical services, as well as wall and floor finishes, specialist joinery to create exhibits and a backdrop to the remaining installation.
Simon Hands, Project Director at Paragon, said:
“Working with the Science Museum and muf architecture/art on this project has challenged us in the best way possible and we are very proud of what we have achieved. Undertaking this level of work in an operational museum and coordinating all of the individual exhibitors and stakeholders has been made possible through a collaborative team effort. This proactive approach by everyone has resulted in an exceptional cultural space that will be used by hundreds of thousands of people in the years to come.”
Paragon is also leading the interior fit out of the Science Museum’s forthcoming Mathematics: The Winton Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid, which is due to open in December 2016.
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Paragon, part of Interserve, the international support services and construction group, is an interior fit out and refurbishment contractor transforming space across the UK. In 2013, Paragon became a wholly-owned part of Interserve’s Construction division. Interserve is based in the UK and is FTSE listed.
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About the Science Museum
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical achievements from across the globe. Welcoming over 3 million visitors a year, the Museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions and incredible stories of scientific achievement. More information can be found at www.sciencemuseum.org.uk.