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National Gallery commissions Willmott Dixon for interior upgrade

Willmott Dixon Interiors is furthering its track-record for transforming the inside of iconic London buildings with its appointment by the National Gallery to update key areas of the museum’s interior.

The project will see Willmott Dixon’s fit-out specialist enhance facilities at the world-famous gallery on Trafalgar Square that enables over 5.5 million visitors each year to see for free the work of artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Constable, Ingres, Monet and Van Gogh.

Working with the architect Purcell, it involves the complete refurbishment of Room 32, the largest within the National Gallery, as well as refurbishing parts of the existing basement and ground floor areas. When completed in summer 2020, the new space will deliver a modern, flexible working office environment for Gallery staff, with new meeting rooms and breakout areas, as well as changing the use of several back-of-house rooms.

It heralds an exciting new era for the National Gallery team at the historic Grade I listed building designed by William Wilkins in the 1830s. Willmott Dixon Interiors’ project will be delivered in the extended part of the Gallery designed by Edmund M Barry that was completed in 1876.

It is the latest major landmark in London that Willmott Dixon Interiors has been appointed to transform and is also the second major cultural attraction in three years.

In 2016, Willmott Dixon Interiors completed work to refurbish the Grade 2 listed vacant Commonwealth Institute building and create a thriving new home for the Design Museum, adding new galleries, learning spaces, library and office areas across 10,000m² of space.

The company also recently completed new hospitality facilities at Twickenham’s East Stand, which saw the company deliver over 11,000m² of new space in time for the 2018 autumn international season.

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