The Royal Mint appoints Mather & Co for £7.7m interactive museum brief
The Royal Mint has appointed design consultancy Mather & Co to develop a new £7.7m visitor centre on site in South Wales.
The project will include the creation of an interactive museum experience that will explore The Royal Mint’s history and showcase 1,100 years of manufacturing.
Artist's impression of the new centre
The purpose-built facility will also house a retail shop, café, educational rooms and a live ‘strike your own coin’ interactive experience.
Chris Mather, managing director at Mather & Co, said the project presents a "unique" challenge given the centre will be on such a high security site, and added: “Coins provide a unique insight into history so it’s our vision is to use them to tell the story of the Royal Mint and the many key historical events that have taken place over the years.”
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The centre will mark the first time the site has ever officially opened its doors to the public.
The project is due to be completed in spring 2016.
The Royal Mint secured a grant of £2.3m from The Welsh Government to carry out the work, contributing to the total £7.7m costs of the project.