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Kingerlee appointed to build Story Museum. 10 October 2013.

Thursday 10th October

The Story Museum has entered its first phase (‘Chapter One’) of transformation, and has awarded the construction contract to local building firm Kingerlee.

A new shop/café is being created in the Museum’s ground floor space fronting on Pembroke Street. It will open in spring 2014 alongside an exciting new exhibition and programme of events.

Improvements are also being made to the building’s accessibility and facilities, with a platform lift, thermal upgrading, energy efficient new boilers and toilets installed. There will be improved education spaces, and studio space for visiting artists.

Kingerlee are a fifth-generation family-owned construction company, established in 1868. They have a long and successful history of building in Oxford. Construction Director Glynn Biggins said: ‘Kingerlee are delighted to be a part of Chapter One of the Story Museum project in the heart of Oxford. We look forward to the successful outcome of the first phase of this exciting development.’

Tish Francis, co-director of The Story Museum, said: ‘From tender through interviews to now working alongside us on site, Kingerlee and their team have impressed us – not only with their high standards, but also with how engaged they are with the spirit of this project.’

In 2009, an anonymous donation allowed the Museum to purchase the site of its permanent home, three interconnected buildings on Pembroke Street. Planning permission for the ‘cathedral of stories’ was approved by Oxford City Council in December 2012. Purcell architects have been with the project since 2011.


For more info, contact Alexandra Coke: alex@storymuseum.org.uk / 01865 790050

Note to editors

The Story Museum is a charity and non-profit company that works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. It takes story performances, exhibitions, activities and ideas to schools and communities and is gradually creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of Oxford. The Story Museum also coordinates Alice’s Day with partners across the whole of Oxford, each July.  The Museum’s patrons are Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.
The Museum is raising funds towards its £8m development campaign. The first phase – ‘Chapter One’ – will open in Spring 2014.
The Chapter One capital works are being supported by Arts Council England, The Foyle Foundation, Garfield Weston, Mr & Mrs JA Pye’s Charitable Settlement &WREN

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2010 and 2015, we will invest £1.9 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1.1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country. www.artscouncil.org.uk

WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £150m to more than 6,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk

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