Newport Street Gallery opens in Lambeth, South London, on 8th October 2015. The gallery will present single artist or group exhibitions featuring work from Damian Hirst’s extensive collection of art.
Designed by architects Caruso St John, Newport Street Gallery spans 37,000 square feet, which includes a restaurant and shop. Its construction has involved the conversion of three listed Victorian buildings, which were purpose-built in 1913 to serve as scenery painting studios for the booming local and West End theatre industries.
After being bombed during World War Two, one of the galleries was rebuilt as a barrow-making workshop that supplied London’s flower-sellers. Two new additional buildings have been constructed at either end of the existing three, using similar proportions and materials to the existing brick buildings, creating a gallery that spans half the length of the street.
All window restoration was carried out by TRC Contracts Ltd using traditional splicing methods. All sash windows and timber windows were carefully examined, and any decaying timber was removed and replaced by splicing in similar grained wood. Repair Care resin was used to bed in and seal around the new wood, and then moulded to match any contours of the existing frame. All frames were fully decorated internally and externally.
To improve light quality, all glass was replaced with low-iron extra clear float glass to increase light transmission and reduce the greenish tint of standard glass.
Newport Street Gallery
Tuesday – Sunday
10am – 6pm