Willmott Dixon’s transformation of the St Albans Museum and Gallery has been awarded the retrofit of the future award at Hertfordshire’s Building Futures Awards.

The awards celebrate the buildings at the forefront of sustainable design and construction, demonstrating a shared commitment to sustainable development in Hertfordshire by both the industry and local authorities.

The transformation of the St Albans town hall to form a new museum and gallery along with public meeting spaces, showcases over 2,000 years of priceless heritage and hosts cutting-edge art exhibitions, sharing local, national and world treasures.

Willmott Dixon worked with St Albans City and District Council and John McAslan & Partners architects to ensure the functionality of the building was maximised and energy usage was significantly reduced, all whilst retaining and enhancing the building’s historic features. The Grade II Listed building now boasts extra space and annual energy savings of 19,500 kWH, resulting in a world-class cultural hub.

Judges awarded this transformative project the Retrofit for the Future Award, commenting:

“The rescue and restoration of this landmark Grade II building has been carried out impressively, cleverly increasing the usable space while retaining the original features. Superb attention to detail has resulted in the sensitive refurbishment of this important historic building. The vision and energy of a highly motivated group of individuals and an outstanding contractor, has enabled the building to be resurrected as a major community asset, which the City and residents of St Albans can, justifiably, be very proud”.

Willmott Dixon also sponsored the Most Sustainable Construction award at the event, Richard Davidson, director at Willmott Dixon said:

“We are delighted to be part of the Building Futures Awards and it is fantastic to see the St Albans Museum & Gallery awarded Retrofit of the Future. The awards very much align with Willmott Dixon’s commitment to sustainability and it is great to see these projects recognised in our region.”

Willmott Dixon is well known for its work restoring heritage buildings with projects such as the refurbishment of the iconic Alexandra Palace and Old Admiralty Building in Westminster.