After last year’s controversial plans to demolish the historic Marquis of Lansdowne pub using public funding, The Geffrye Museum had a pretty hard time. Local history fans were peeved with the museum’s initial suggestions and the disagreements caused Hackney Council to reject the planning application. But now it’s time for round two.
They’ve started afresh and are ready to wow us with their amended, and seemingly improved, plans at the museum today (Tuesday November 4) from 6-7.30pm. The museum director and the architect involved will be presenting the plans to the public and, before you get your placards out, the pub will remain intact. Yay! The museum is now suggesting opening a café in there instead.
As for the rest of the buildings, Wright & Wright Architects believe that they can generate 40 percent more room by using space that isn’t yet accessible to the public. If the plans go ahead there will be a new entrance, a basement gallery, a library and study collections on the first floor.
Head over to the museum this evening for a first-hand look at the plans before the museum applies to the Heritage Lottery Fund for 11million quid later on in November.