Client: Bowes Museum Charity
Location: Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Project Type: Heritage & Culture
XQLA was appointed by Bowes Museum Charity to develop a strategic and detailed design for the refurbishment of the external landscape for the Bowes Museum (Grade I listed building and a Grade II listed garden), located in Barnard Castle, a nationally significant site which enjoys a rich architectural and landscape heritage. XQLA, in collaboration with Bauman Lyon Architects, have helped steer the project through its early stages, including successfully bidding for Arts Council MEND funding, planning and procurement for this £1.1M scheme within the twenty acre heritage site.
The ‘Accessible Bowes’ project will deliver the first key steps towards significantly improving the accessibility of the museum. In collaboration and inspired by hearing the experiences of the newly established Bowes Museum Access Forum, and supported by Burdus Access, XQLA developed proposals for the museum car park whilst preserving the woodland character of the space, alongside improving and expanding the accessible car park offer sited in close vicinity of Bowes Museum main entrance. These interventions are supported by a wayfinding strategy and site wide biodiversity improvements.
The first phase of the works is expected to start on site in January 2024