Seacity Museum

Titanic's story launches Southampton's Seacity Museum

Client:      Southampton City Council

Based in Southampton's "Cultural Quarter" is The SeaCity Museum, which officially opened on 10th April 2012 commemorating 100 years to the day that the RMS Titanic departed from Southampton's Docks. The Museum occupies a Grade II listed building which was designed in the early 1930s to accommodate the city's police station, cells and Magistrates' Courts. Many of the original Art Deco-influenced features have been retained and incorporated into the Museum. The energy efficiency of the building was poor, so secondary glazing was considered as an appropriate adaptation for thermal improvement. The gallery spaces also needed sound insulation and blackout facilities as many of these rooms rely heavily on AV presentations which would be affected by intrusive noise and light. In the gallery spaces a special laminated glass has been specified with a black interlayer. Other windows were glazed with toughened low emissivity glass to provide the best thermal insulation.