Expansion plans unveiled for Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
New plans for the Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery were unveiled after a planning request was filed with Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
The plans would see the existing building, located in Riversley Park, improved with two one-story wings to be added, one on either side of the current century-old building.
A new main entrance, as well as improvements to the ground floor and first floor spaces are also proposed to improve amenities for visitors. The larger entrance should allow groups like schools to be accommodated indoors rather than outdoors.
Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said the two new wings will be constructed with materials “in keeping with the existing structure”, and will feature glazing to bring in more light.
The extensions will also allow for a tea room with a view of the park, downstairs toilets, a cloakroom and larger event space for film screenings, designer markets and more workshops.
These proposals span a public consultation during 2021 where a two-story extension to one side of the building has been proposed.
The program will receive a grant from the Cities Fund, other grants are currently being sought.
“The finished building will provide additional gallery space so that more of our fascinating collections can be displayed, and will continue to play an important role in attracting people to the Borough, downtown Nuneaton and Riversley Park,” said Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough. Council’s portfolio holder for utilities, Cllr Sue Markham.
Last year Arts Council England named Nuneaton & Bedworth as one of 54 ‘priority locations’ that will be the focus of its capital investment program.