Scrapbook: American Museum in Britain

17 September 2018

The American Museum in Britain manages an historic estate high on Claverton Down, near Bath. Working over 20 years on projects, we have supported the development of this important social and cultural institution in adapting to new operational needs and opportunities. These projects have included repairs and service upgrades, a new education centre and an auditorium facility, and the expansion of teaching space. It has also included an extension of the listed building to broaden the catering and event capacity. 

The latest chapter in the museum’s life is a considerable expansion of the grounds and gardens around the grade I listed Claverton Manor. This has been designed by the eminent US landscape practice of Oehme van Sweden. We secured the necessary planning permissions for this proposal, which had to make the case for a change to the landscape setting, and the new garden’s particular design ambitions. The major works that have brought heavy earth moving equipment to many areas of the gardens are complete for the opening in the autumn of 2018.

To handle access to the grounds and the museum, we were commissioned to design a new ticket office and visitor gazebo, constructed by local contractors Wraxall Builders. In such a prominent location close to the listed building, these needed sensitive handling and design detailing. They will be well absorbed into the planting design as the new planting becomes established.