Lottery boost for Pawson's Design Museum project
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £300,000 towards the Design Museum’s relocation into the former Commonwealth Institute building.
The money will be used to develop its plans to move into the grade II* listed building on Kensington High Street, which will be transformed by John Pawson.
The award is also a signal that the HLF approves of the project and will consider an application for a full grant of £4.9 million. The museum has up to two years to submit detailed proposals for the redesign and relocation, part of a wider plan drawn up by Dutch practices OMA and West 8.
The museum has already secured a substantial proportion of the funding required for the project from the developer Chelsfield, and from the Conran Foundation. The rest is being raised through a fundraising campaign.
John Pawson said: “I’m very excited to be playing a part in turning this remarkable 1960s building into a world-class museum, dedicated to showing design in a new way. The original architecture has many distinctive qualities, which won’t be lost in this exciting opportunity to repossess a cultural building for a new cultural purpose.”
Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, said: “We are thrilled that after such a long time of uncertainty, the long-term future of the Commonwealth Institute is now secure.”