Mather & Co awarded National Football Museum design contract


Previously based at Preston North End FC’s ground, the National Football Museum will be re-launched next year in its new home at the Urbis building in Manchester city centre. Mather & Co was awarded this prestigious Manchester City Council project following a competitive tender process involving several leading international design companies.

The breadth and scale of the design brief offers Mather & Co the chance to demonstrate its full range of integrated design services and project management skills. As lead designer, coordinating a large number of contractors and architectural services, Mather & Co is working closely with the client team to interpret and develop all museum content including external signage, lighting, graphics, displays and 3D structures.

As well as designing the museum’s permanent gallery, its audio visual theatre and the temporary exhibitions, Mather & Co is also involved in the building’s retail, hospitality and cafe areas. Another key focus is improving visitor flow throughout the unusual Urbis structure, introducing new staircases, escalators and signage to ease navigation around the entire building.

The new museum is set to be a huge attraction for football fans throughout the UK as well as the many thousands from outside Britain who visit Manchester every week to watch Premier League matches. Keynote exhibits will include The FIFA Collection, the finest single collection of football memorabilia in the world, and The Priory Collection, an exciting private collection of items relating to world famous players and legendary matches.

With a strong track record designing museums and attractions in the sports sector, and recent experience at Wembley National Stadium, Chelsea FC, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Mather& Co will set out to create the definitive attraction for football fans using state of the art design techniques and dynamic interactive displays.

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure for Manchester City Council, said: “The National Football Museum will be an international-standard museum attracting up to 350,000 visitors a year and helping attract investment and jobs to Manchester. Mather & Co has a strong track record and we are confident it will deliver the sort of world-class attraction which will excite anyone with even a passing interest in football and the culture around it, and maybe even win a few converts to the beautiful game.”

Mather & Co designer on the project, Dan Procter commented: “What makes this project brief so exciting is the fact we are responsible for every aspect of the design, planning and implementation process. The new National Football Museum will be an exciting addition to visitor attractions in Manchester and, as a local North West company, we are very proud to be awarded this prestigious, high profile contract.”

Mather & Co

Chris Mather

Tel: 01625 521128

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