Museum of Somerset

Great opportunity for us blending the historic with the new in creating a top class public facility. King Shaw Associates provided engineering design and consultancy for the refurbishment of the Museum of Somerset at Taunton Castle. The Castle is an important medieval monument, being the scene of Judge Jeffrey’s bloody assizes in 1685. As a scheduled ancient monument and site of archaeological importance the interventions had to be of the greatest sensitivity.

The project upgraded the more recent additions to the buildings and repaired parts of the historic buildings to bring them into use for display of the County’s extensive historic collections.

The introduction of new systems and services for the conservation needs of the collections had had to be extremely sympathetic to the conservation of the historic fabric and routed around the more important archaeological parts of the site. A new lightweight circulation route as a steel podium was constructed on small diameter piles in the main hall.

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Client: Somerset County Council
Value: £5,000,000
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley