EAA Ambassador Award 2021 - Thackray Museum of Medicine

The Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds is a museum of the history of healthcare. The building first opened in 1861 as the purpose-built Leeds Union Workhouse. It went on to become a part of the hospital until the NHS vacated the building in 1990. In 1998 the museum was opened within the former workhouse. The museum was founded by the Thackray Medical Research Trust who had established the original collection of medical artefacts from an extensive family archive.

Simpson & Brown architects were appointed to develop proposals to improve the existing museum as part of a successful Heritage Lottery Fund Application to address the constricted circulation routes throughout the building and create a more open and fluid space.

Silcock Leedham were appointed to provide full M&E design for the refurbishment works working closely with the museum team, NHS Estates, Simpson Brown Architects and exhibition designers, Leach.  Alongside standard M&E systems,  the key elements for the M&E design were to address the energy efficiency and improved control. Instead of simply replacing plant with new, a more sustainable approach was taken to fully refurbish existing ventilation equipment and replace obsolete BMS controls with a new Trend IQ Vision building management system. Ventilation is now provided on a demand control basis enabling energy efficient operation of central plant. The new lighting design utilises energy efficient LED fittings which is both functional and subtly accentuates the historic architectural detailing of the building.

The works were completed in 2020. The project has received a commendation award for outstanding merit for the EEA Ambassador Awards 2021.