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CIOB chartered company starts £3.2m contract for Poole Museum

Greendale Poole museum
From left: Alison Smith, BCP Council; Cllr Andy Martin, BCP Council; Chris Cave, Greendale Construction; Felicity Irwin, Poole Museum Foundation

Chartered company Greendale Construction has been appointed main contractor on the £3.2m contract to complete phase two of Poole Museum for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council (BCP Council).  

The project, which continues from phase one, Salix – also completed by the company – will focus on three main areas: Oakley’s Mill, Wool Hall and Scaplen’s Court.

At Oakley’s Mill, Greendale will be involved with the strip out of the main museum and fit out of four floors, with new floors, walls, ceilings, fire doors and updated mechanical and electrical (M&E) systems for the exhibition spaces.

The existing lift shaft will be adapted to allow a new wheelchair-accessible lift to be installed. 

Wool Hall will benefit from an infill of the floor, new finishes, new fire doors and new M&E installations.  

Scaplen’s Court will also have new floors, walls, ceilings, fire doors and updated M&E systems.

Chris Cave, commercial director at Greendale Construction, said: “A major focus of the project is to open up the buildings, doubling public and display space. We will also be making the museum accessible for all.”

Cllr Andy Martin, portfolio holder for customer, communications, and culture, commented: “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Poole Museum from a town-scale museum to a regional-scale offer. We are conserving and breathing life into much-loved local buildings, restoring their historic character and providing welcoming and accessible cultural spaces.”

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