British Museum Archaeological Research Collection – Monitoring Architect. C.F. Møller

British Museum Archaeological Research Collection – Monitoring Architect

C.F. Møller Architects is appointed as the Monitoring Architect for The British Museum in the development of a new storage facility to ensure the project is delivered to the museum’s high standards.


The British Museum, London


Shinfield, Reading, UK


15,000 m² (GIA)



Client consultant

C.F. Møller Architects


Graham Construction


Mott MacDonald - Structural Engineer and MEP Consultant


John McAslan + Partners Architects


John McAslan + Partners Architects

Collaborators, other

Arup SMEP Engineers (Part of CMT team)

The British Museum has partnered with the University of Reading to develop the British Museum Archaeological Research Collection in Shinfield, a new storage facility for part of its world-famous research collection. The new building will house ancient sculptures, mosaics, archaeological assemblages and historic cast collections. Many of the objects will be moved from the museum’s current storage site at Blythe House in London, which is to close in 2023

The Building will encourage innovative research into the collection, and increase access for academics, students and the general public.

The planned facility will be developed in two phases, with the construction of the first phase having started in July 2019.

The first phase designed by John McAslan + Partners Architects holds 15,500 m² of space to ‘store, study, share and conserve’

C.F. Møller Architects is appointed as the Monitoring Architect as part of the Client monitoring team. The team also comprises Structural and Civil Engineers, Mechanical & Electrical engineers, and the contract administrator.

Security for the client

C.F. Møller Architects are acting as a link between the client and the contractors design team. Working closely with the British Museum and Project Director reviewing the information being issued form the design team.

We give the client added security that the project will be delivered to their high standards and match their original brief requirements.

We are adding value to the project with our knowledge and experience of Cultural buildings, Archive storage facilities, IPM related issues, Construction knowledge, and coordination requirements for large complex buildings.

The project is being undertaken as part of C.F. Møller Architects framework agreement with the British Museum which is ongoing.

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