Willmott Dixon Interiors wins £20m contract to prepare for London’s Design Museum move to its new home at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street.

The year-long project will see the Grade II listed building converted into a major visitor attraction dedicated to contemporary design and architecture.

Willmott Dixon Interiors chief operating officer Mike Hart said, “This is a high-profile and prestigious project that will see the Design Museum become one of London’s biggest attractions when we complete the fit-out, with over 500,000 visitors expected annually.

“We are very proud to be delivering this last, important stage of the museum’s long-term plan for a bigger home, especially as we have a long track-record restoring listed buildings into modern spaces fit for the 21st century. We will be using our experience to deliver an exceptional home that will showcase our rich cultural heritage.”

The scope of work includes provision of new galleries with space to accommodate one permanent and two temporary exhibition areas, as well as modern learning spaces, a library, auditorium, office areas and a new restaurant.

It will provide 10,000m² of total space, 400m² of which will be devoted to learning facilities.