OMA (Oldham Museum and Archive) will be a new state of the art museum and exhibition space within the Cultural Quarter of Oldham which will revitalise the grade two-listed former library and art gallery. The transformation is being funded by the Council, local philanthropist Norman Stoller and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The revamped venue has been designed as a multi-purpose cultural facility that extends Oldham’s Cultural Quarter by bringing together three new state-of-the-art galleries, a modern archive search and study space to discover local and family history, and a performance space for 150 people offering a diverse programme music, comedy, talks, local talent showcases and theatre. Alongside this will feature extensive visitor facilities such as a new shop, café and bar spilling into a revitalised outdoor space all linked to Gallery Oldham completed in 2002.
The key aim of the project is to create a centre that will showcase a greater proportion of Oldham’s artefacts and heritage and be more accessible to a wider audience.
As well as lead consultant and architect for the delivery of this complex project, we have also worked with Oldham Council as Technical Advisors to assist in concluding the client briefing as well as wider masterplanning and stakeholder engagement with a diverse range of end users.
Interserve has been selected as construction partner to deliver the project, work is expected to start on site early 2020.