National Museum of Photography, Film & Television

Austin-Smith:Lord, Bradford, 1999


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A new lease of life to a building which could have been a candidate for demolition 

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  • A new lease of life to a building which could have been a candidate for demolition    
  • Bradford Town Hall seen against the new facade    
  • The new double skin of the extension draws natural light into the library    
  • The interactive entrance foyer    
  • View towards Pictureville from outside the café    
  • Kodak Gallery – the opportunity was taken to upgrade and improve many displays    
  • A interactive surroundings of the museum gives the visitor a new experience    
  • Inside the café    
  • The bookshop occupies the new foyer    
  • Visitors can watch their favourite television clips at tv Heaven    
  • Etched-glass sliding doors open on to the café    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Section A-A    
  • Detail of glass facade    
  • Plan and detail of facade    

Extension and refurbishment of 1960s theatre to enlarge existing facility and create new cinema

Existing galleries were refurbished providing a range of experiences from the history of animation to a 120-seat cinema in a silver-clad extension. This links to the existing building via a 14m high curved glazed concourse.

The reception area, bookshop and main circulation to the upper floors are via the main foyer. This atrium, east of the existing building forms a new link between the old building which contains the auditorium, alongside the museum café at ground level.

Above is a large flexible temporary exhibition gallery. The existing galleries have remained unchanged, though a new digital imaging gallery is seen as an important addition.

A new 14m high frontage, curved around the auditorium achieved by a light and frameless glazing supported structure tapered with steel columns.

The new extension is provided by a reinforced-concrete frame. The roof is formed from concrete trusses with a lightweight roof construction. Steel mullions transfer vertical loads from the roof and horizontal loads from the glazing.


  • Begun: Sep 1997
  • Completed: Apr 1999
  • Floor area: 2,391m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £13.4M
  • Tender date: Aug 1997
  • Procurement: JCT 80 Private with Quantities. Selective competitive tendering
  • Address: National Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ, United Kingdom