Public asked to help shape design for new buildings at the Museum of St Albans site in Hatfield Road

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News release: 01 October 2014
Museum of St Albans
Public asked to help shape design for new buildings at the Museum of St Albans site in Hatfield Road

The Museum of St Albans Trustees want to engage with the public to develop designs for possible new buildings on the site at 9a Hatfield Road.  This will feed into a planning application which will be submitted to the Council later in the year.

The Trustees see this as an opportunity to deliver a new development that enhances the quality of building design in the City.  

A series of independently facilitated events and workshops are being hosted by Look! St Albans.  Look! St Albans is a City centre focused body with representatives from a cross section of the community who act as organisers for community engagement. 

The programme is:
Friday 24 October 2014, 7pm to 9pm – public session (Museum of St Albans).

Saturday 25 October 2014, 10am to 5pm - St Albans Museums Site Design Charette* workshop (Council Chamber).

Monday 27 October 2014 7pm to 9pm – Report back presentation of the jointly created designs (Museum of St Albans). 

If you want to attend the workshop on 25 October, please contact, telephone 01727 875676.  To help with catering, it would be helpful if you could indicate if you have any special dietary needs.  Please note that places at the Saturday workshop are limited to 30. 

A new museum and gallery is to be developed at the grade II* listed Town Hall in central St Albans.

The Heritage Lottery Fund has already pledged £2.8m toward the cost of the new museum and art gallery “renaissance: St Albans” project. The money raised from the sale of the Hatfield Road site will go towards the £6.75m needed for the project. 

Cllr Brian Ellis, whose Council Portfolio includes the museum buildings said: “Look! St Albans is kindly hosting a number of events and activities to help us plan the future of the current Museum site in Hatfield Road.  To secure the Heritage Lottery Fund money, an additional £3.95m must be raised.  Money from the sale of the Hatfield Road site will make a significant contribution towards meeting this target. If you want to help shape the future of the site, please get involved.” 

More information about St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust’s fundraising campaign for the “renaissance: St Albans” project, including how to make a donation, is available at:  You can also reach the team on 01727 751830.


Councillor contact:
Cllr Brian Ellis, Portfolio Holder for Housing, St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 01582 767621

Contact for the media:
Claire Wainwright, Executive and Communications Manager, St Albans City and District Council, Tel: 01727 819572, Email: 


Notes for editors:

An intense period of design or planning activity involving different stakeholders working collaboratively towards finding a solution to a design opportunity. 

St Albans Museums and Galleries Trust is a registered charity (no 1051868) which works to support museums and galleries in the District of St Albans. It is leading and co-ordinating the fundraising for the new museum and gallery. More information about the project can be found at:  

Look! St Albans
Information about Look! St Albans can be found at: