Being Brunel Museum
The new museum is now part of the £3 million Being Brunel project which explores the mind and works of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, considered to be one of the most ingenious and prolific figures in engineering history.
The museum comprises a steel-frame exhibition hall containing multiple gallery spaces and a mezzanine level and a café and was designed in the style of the Great Exhibition, with exposed curved trusses and exposed column connections. There were particular engineering challenges associated with the proximity of the building to the harbour wall. Piled foundations were installed with the ground floor cantilever levering over the piles towards the harbour wall.
Visitor attractions in the development includes many authentic never-seen-before artefacts and Brunel’s drawing office.
The new two-storey building lies alongside Brunel’s historic ship ss Great Britain and as completed in February 2018. Brunel’s ss Great Britain remained fully open while the new museum was built.