Royal Observatory Greenwich, Time & Space Project
The works involved:
- Design manufacture and installation of new granite used for external and internal paving, steps, planters and seating areas.
- Cleaning and repair of the historic listed SouthBuilding and The Altazimuth building.
- Restoration included new lead work, the supply and fix of replacement terracotta, brickwork, pointing and re-decoration of external joinery and metal work.
- The project was honoured in the 2008 RIBA Architectural Awards.
- The brief called for a new exhibition space and state of the art planetarium to tell the story of timekeeping, re-using an assemblage of tiered buildings at the southern end of the park.
- Between them is the centre-piece: a new planetarium in the form of a tilted bronze cone, a tactile sculptural object much stroked by visitors. But the brilliance of the scheme lies as much in the making of outdoor space as it does in the buildings. The ground has been cleverly lifted and tilted allowing an entrance to be neatly tucked underneath.