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Monday 26th May 2008
Historic City Centre Museum to receive Upgrade

Local building company Arque have recently completed enabling works to pave the way for the start of a £10 million refurbishment contract at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery, a Grade II Building in Queen Street, Exeter.

Arque’s Managing Director, Bernard Keogh said “more clients are now choosing to use Arque for their building requirements because of the company’s growing reputation for attention to detail, and their extensive expertise on major refurbishment projects”. 

He also added that “he was delighted Exeter City Council had elected to appoint Arque as the Enabling Contractor to work on this highly prestigious city building”.

The enabling works will include the removal of some of the minor parts of the original museum buildings, the stripping out and removing of many of the modern fittings and features in the museum, including the replica Iron Age Fort, to allow for the full refurbishment and construction of a new extension.

Staff at the Museum has been kept busy removing many of its artefacts for safekeeping, but Gerald the Giraffe will stay in the museum safety protected during the works.

The project’s main funder is the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Arque is also currently carrying out another refurbishment project for Exeter City Council to one of their properties in Alphington Road, Exeter and have just recently completed a £200,000 refurbishment at the Blue Cross Centre, Tiverton.

 Arque workers in the Iron Age Fort