Scheme will transform entrance to entire cultural quarter.

Kim Wilkie in winning team for Natural History Museum grounds

A scheme by landscape architect Kim Wilkie and Niall McLaughlin Architects has won the competition to re-develop the Natural History Museum’s civic realm. The team will work with the museum to create ‘an innovative setting that matches the visual excellence of the world-famous Waterhouse building and Darwin Centre’. 

A key part of the competition, which was launched in autumn 2013, is improving the visitor experience for the five million visitors the museum welcomes a year. 
Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie were the unanimous choice of the jury, which included the journalist, broadcaster and former Cabinet Minister, Michael Portillo, Ian Henderson CBE, deputy chairman of CapCo and chair of the NHM Estates and Building Advisory Committee, and Graham Morrison, partner at Allies and Morrison. 
'I am really pleased to be working with Niall and the team on a project of this significance,’ says Wilkie. ‘The Natural History Museum is one of the most beautiful buildings in London and there is great scope to transform the entrance to the whole cultural quarter, including Exhibition Road and the South Kensington tunnel’.
The resources and depth of scientific expertise at the museum, Wilkie says, ‘make it possible to address the future of the natural world in a completely fresh way’. By this, he adds, he means ‘looking at the natural elements of urban survival more than rare and exotic plant species’.


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