Building work has begun on Epping Forest District Museum’s Heritage Lottery Fund redevelopment project. Work began on 20 April 2015 after Coniston Limited was appointed to do the construction.
Coniston Limited have worked on a number of museum based projects including the Imperial War Museum, The British Museum and are also currently working on the refurbishment of the Europe Galleries at the Victorian and Albert Museum.
Work has started to prepare the building for its new layout and expanded facility. The museum which is extending into the first floor above the local library has been opened up to create a blank canvas for construction to begin on the new room layouts. The stairs have been removed and work has also begun to prepare the space for the lift which will be installed to make the museum fully accessible.
Councillor Helen Kane, Portfolio Holder for Epping Forest District Council’s Leisure and Community Services said: “It is fantastic to see the building work has begun and that the museum’s redevelopment is really progressing now. We are all very much looking forward to seeing the next stages when the new layout and accessibility features will really begin to take shape. The final product will be a great facility for both Waltham Abbey but also the wider community.”
The next stages of the project will include the installation of new wiring and electrical systems before the decoration can begin as well as the continuing work to install the lift and new staircase.
Another major part of the project is the opening up of the front door to 39 Sun Street which will form the new main entrance to the museum. This work will also take place in the coming months.