The Holburne Museum of Art

The Holburne Museum of Art

  • Clients:

    The Holburne Museum of Art

  • Locations:

    Bath, Somerset

  • Project Value:

    £11 Million

  • Programme:


  • Architects:

    Eric Parry Architects

  • Cragg Duties:

    Feasibility Study

    Project Manager

    Project Cost Manager

    Employers Agent

  • Procurement:

    2 Stage Design & Build

Project Details:

The project included the restoration and refurbishment of the Grade I Listed museum, the new build 3 storey contemporary extension that provided new gallery spaces, education and community facilities.

The Holburne Museum resides at the end of Great Pulteney Street looking out on the Sydney Heritage Gardens to the rear in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bath. The works were carried out within these extensive landscaped gardens and included the complete revision to the layouts of the front and rear of the museum and to restore the grounds to their original layouts following extensive alterations, additions and omissions during the preceding years.

The new and modern extension to the rear of the Grade I listed museum had the unenviable task of providing over 100% additional floor space without detracting from the beauty and setting of the original building. This was achieved by the extensive use of glass and bespoke ceramic panels to reflect the historic gardens allowing the extension to blend more naturally into its surroundings.


  • Sponsorship
  • The National Lottery Heritage Fund