Special Works | Natural History Museum – Spencer Gallery Refurbishment, Phases 1 and 2


Natural History Museum


Shillam & Smith

Quantity Surveyor:

Baker Mallett LLP



Project Details:

The Spencer Gallery refurbishment was the second project Neilcott were to undertake for the Natural History Museum, and we are delighted to continue to be affiliated with this world-renowned organisation. Our work entailed full external and internal refurbishment of the Gallery, within the unique Grade I Listed Waterhouse building in Kensington, to provide the first new permanent exhibition space created by the Museum for almost two decades. The project was carried out over two phases. Work included returning the spaces back to their original finish by specialist stripping of existing paint finishes to reveal the terracotta behind, new oak flooring throughout, replacing existing lead roof coverings and rooflights, new blinds, redecorating existing ceilings and upgrading/replacing mechanical and electrical installations as necessary. In addition the Gallery was fitted out to provide an art and illustration space incorporating the use of audio visual equipment and the refurbishment of existing display cases with protected status.