DML was appointed Project Manager to assist in the delivery of Phase 2 of the Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum in central London.
This project achieved Practical Completion on September 2nd 2008, inside the programme and budget imposed on DML by the Museum.
Designed by C F Møller Architects of Denmark, Darwin Phase 2 is an innovative design for a 180,000 square foot building incorporating a 65-metre-long, eight-storey-high cocoon, encased within a glass box.
The building will safeguard the Museum’s collection of 28 million insects and six million plants within a controlled environment, allowing greater access for future generations of scientists and visitors in addition to providing state of the art laboratories for the Museum's scientific staff.
The project, costing over £70 million, is the Museum’s most significant development to date, adjoining their existing grade 1* listed Waterhouse premises.
DML’s original role in the project was extended to include responsibility for supporting the design and delivery of innovative, hands-on learning displays and resources that will allow the public to explore the natural world and encourage their involvement in efforts to conserve biodiversity.
Its facility includes an interactive lecture theatre, incorporating a new live communications space in honor of Sir David Attenborough.