The Beaney Institute

The Beaney Institute is an art museum and library situated in the heart of the historic city of Canterbury. Following a £14 million restoration project the revitalised Beaney re-opened its doors to the public in September 2012.

Faithful+Gould was appointed by Canterbury County Council to deliver the project from its inception through to its completion, including the successful application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding. Our role included project management, cost management and health & safety management.

We managed the full refurbishment of the existing Victorian building to its former splendour and the creation of a new extension. This brought together a special exhibitions art gallery to showcase national art collections, library services and a larger museum. The brief - to create an active learning centre that celebrated the life of its benefactor, Dr. Beaney.

Our experienced team were able to manage a large and diverse consultant team, including specialists in archaeology, museum gallery design and audience development to meet the client’s expectations.

The Beaney received a commendation in the Civic Trust Awards 2013, was shortlisted for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 and won the Cultural Landscape Award at The Culture Awards 2013.

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