HAT Projects has restored and extended the museum, adding an entrance lobby and a generous set of public spaces, winning an East RIBA Conservation Award
East RIBA Regional Award 2022
HAT Projects for Ely Museum
Contract value: Confidential
HAT Projects has lovingly restored and extended Ely Museum, giving it new life and purpose and creating a great resource for the town.
Housed in the Bishop of Ely’s former jail, the historic building had been unsympathetically altered in the 1990s with many of its original features lost. As part of the project, deft stripping-out revealed what was left of the obscured original fabric.
New interventions include an entrance lobby accessed across a sunny planted courtyard and an extension created in space won back from the council car park. This provides a generous set of public and administrative spaces that can be accessed independently for wider community use. Clad in copper-toned aluminium, a prominent bay window celebrates the new community room and connects the museum back to the life of the street below.