HKD has been awarded the design contract to masterplan the redevelopment of Winchester Science Centre and is designing the first phase of interpretative design, along with build contractors TMP.
Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium, an independent educational charity on a mission to excite children in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), is set to relaunch its visitor experience in July 2020, having successfully secured full funding for a £1.1m redevelopment plan Inspiring Science for All.
“We share the Science Centre’s ambition to create inclusive experiences.” said Kate Kneale, Director of HKD. “We bring a creative multi-disciplinary team to the project, with vast experience in delivering major exhibitions and interactive experiences. We were excited by the challenge set by the Science Centre, to create an accessible, multi-sensory exhibition and experience that would delight its visitors and spark their curiosity in STEM. Our design is as much about visitor wellbeing as it is about their interaction and learning experience.”
Ben Ward says the initial concept designs presented by HKD delivered on ‘wow’ and pushed the boundaries of the project in a really exciting and unexpected way. “We had identified the areas for development but HKD responded with the total reordering and design of the upper floor and we loved it. The repositioning of the Invention Studio to the far corner of the building has created a seamless link to the outside, and all the exciting possibilities this brings. They’ve introduced a central live science demo area which can be viewed from both the upper and lower level, adding drama and surprise to every visit. This isn’t a new exhibition, it’s a relaunch of our Science Centre!”