The M Shed museum, Bristol. The museum is located in a dockside transit shed built in 1951, located on Prince's Wharf waterfront.; The M Shed museum, Bristol. The museum is located in a dockside transit shed built in 1951, located on Prince's Wharf waterfront.;

M Shed, Bristol

Restoring a 1950s transit shed into a modern museum

The M Shed refurbishment took a two-storey, steel-framed structure and restored it to create a museum that celebrates the history of Bristol.

The new museum contains 3000m2 of exhibition space in three large galleries, new education rooms, a working train shed, space for volunteers and a new events and conferencing facility.

Arup was commissioned by Bristol City Council to maximise the reuse of the existing 1950s transit shed, retaining a sense of the building's industrial heritage.

A detailed re-evaluation of timber piles dating from the late 1800s by Arup, revealed a reduced requirement to strengthen or add foundations. Most of the existing structure was retained via strategic strengthening and an additional roof-top storey added.

Arup provided structuralfacade and fire engineering services to the project, which also resulted in significant carbon savings for the museum.

 

The team minimised the alterations to the existing structure of the building, retaining the industrial character of the dockside. The team minimised the alterations to the existing structure of the building, retaining the industrial character of the dockside.
The team minimised the alterations to the existing structure of the building, retaining the industrial character of the dockside.