Ferens Art GalleryHull

Ferens Art Gallery is a Grade II listed building boasting exhibits by Lorenzetti, Stanley Spencer and David Hockney. The comprehensive refurbishment of  the gallery kickstarted the new year for Hull as UK City of Culture 2017, and included new exhibition space and an extended café. 

Extensive investigation work was undertaken prior to works commencing; including dilapidation surveys and protection to the core features. In addition facade lighting modelling was carried out in line with the Public Realm lighting strategy which incorporated the gallery.

Brentwood Design were appointed to carry out the full detailed design of the mechanical and electrical services on behalf of Hull City Council / Houlton. 

Thermal modelling analysis and daylight modelling were carried out on the building envelope to allow for state-of-the-art systems to be designed and installed to regulate temperature and humidity. This ensured the Government Indemnity Scheme was met, allowing high value artwork to be exhibited.

The electrical strategy comprised of high quality high efficiency LED lighting with zero UV. In addition to full lighting provision, specific lighting was also included in accordance with CIBSE’s Lighting for Museums & Art Galleries. 

The refurbishment of the Ferens Art Gallery was a unique opportunity for Brentwood to display their building services flair. The timely completion of the Gallery was in preparation for the Turner Prize, which will be hosted at the gallery later in 2017. 

Images: Hull Culture & Leisure

Project information

  • Client:Hull City Council / Houlton
  • Project:Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • Value:£5.2m
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