Museum of Liverpool faces two-month closure for remedial works - Museums Association

Museum of Liverpool faces two-month closure for remedial works

Museum to rectify construction defects after winning legal dispute
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The Museum of Liverpool is to close for two months to rectify a number of flaws in its original construction.

The remedial works are taking place following a legal battle which saw National Museums Liverpool (NML), the museum’s parent organisation, awarded £2.4m in 2013 after the High Court found the building’s architect, AEW Architects, and joint building contractors Galliford Try and Pihl, at fault for design and construction defects affecting some internal ceilings, as well as external steps and terraces. 

Those defects have meant that some parts of the riverside museum's exterior have been off limits to visitors since it opened in 2011.

Remedial works began on the site almost a year ago, but a spokeswoman from the museum said the upcoming closure is essential while internal construction takes place in order to ensure the safety and security of visitors and collections.

In a statement, NML's director David Fleming said: “We have considered the timing of this closure carefully to minimise disruption as much as possible, and will be carrying out the works during our least busy time for visitors.”
 
The museum will be closed from 31 December 2016 to late February 2017.

External work on the museum is due to complete in March 2017.


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