The Museum of London, steeped in a 200-year history, commissioned Russell Partnership Collection to provide strategic approach, technical and design support for its £250m move to West Smithfield Market; currently a vacant and derelict set of Victorian Market buildings, used as a meat trading market for over 800 years in the Capital.
Initial scope for Russell Partnership Collection was to develop a strategic directional piece of work, dovetailing into the wider masterplan. Integrating into the wider Museum Project Team through workshops, Russell Partnership Collection carried out extensive space planning, financial modelling, adjacency work, visitor analysis and external architecture work for the new 25,000m² site. These findings were then used to undertake a comprehensive business plan review of the commercial aspects of the Museum. In conjunction with the business plan review, a change management and operating structure piece of work was completed, to help futureproof the transition and upscaling of operations.
Within the Museum’s next phase of works, Russell Partnership Collection were awarded a further support role to the design and architect team, undertaking concept development work, space planning, design, layout, food flow and indicative technical requirements for each catering function within the new site. Working through the RIBA stages in conjunction with the client and extended network of project partners, Russell Partnership Collection helped develop challenging spaces into operationally workable solutions within which catering operations can operate effectively.