Frame and Plane: Design Response for the New Gateway Project (Ticketed)

Monday 24 April 2017
Talk begins at 6.30. Refreshments from 6pm.

The talk

With the Museum’s collection spanning over 950 years, to replicate any one style or period would have been inappropriate. ABIR Architects have chosen a design response which marries the numerous timber framed elements, components, junctions and materiality seen at the Museum with the educational aspect of the construction itself.

The Gateway buildings are based around a number of primary components – the green-oak timber frame with stainless steel connections, the internal planes of the cross-laminated timber and the external materials.

Project architects Matthew Richardson and Giles Ings discuss the design evolution of the project and how the Museum’s vision and brief has finally reached its conclusion.

The speakers

Giles Ings and Matthew Richardson and are both RIBA Chartered Architects and founding partners in a local practice, ABIR architects. The practice is currently involved in a number of public visitor-based Heritage Lottery Funded projects, as well as many others across different sectors.

They have been working together for over thirty years and have been commissioned to design many projects around the UK including a number of RIBA and Sussex Heritage Trust award-winning schemes. They lecture in architecture at Brighton University and also sit on design panels for a number of local authorities.

Both Giles and Matthew have co-led the Gateway Project from its inception in August 2013, to its completion in 2017.

Participant information

Please note that this will be part presentation and part tour. Please wear sensible footwear.

Talks start at 6.30pm, last for about 1-1½ hours. There will be tea, coffee & cake available between 6.00pm-6.30pm. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.


£14 per person, £10 for Museum Members, £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers.

Please note Members and volunteer discounts are applicable using a code which you may enter at point of checkout. You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Museum badge or Membership number with you.



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