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M Shed

with LAB Architecture Studio

This industrial museum is located on the Quayside of the Floating Harbour in Bristol. It houses artefacts from the City’s industrial past from the original shipping industries to trains, planes and aerospace.

The Floating Harbour was engineered as a bypass section on the River Avon, with locks at either end to keep a fixed water level available to ships loading and unloading at the quay sides. Today, it forms a backdrop to the city and a great leisure resource.

The museum, within a completely refurbished concrete-framed industrial warehouse, is adjacent to the City’s commercial centre and emerging cultural facilities. Great consideration has been given to respecting the industrial heritage of the existing building without compromising the efficiency of the new museum.

Constructed within an existing building, the Museum has been renovated to very high environmental and sustainability standards with displacement conditioning, adiabatic cooling, demandbased exhibit lighting, rainwater storage, bio-mass heating and solar hot water heating.