Herbert Art Gallery & Museum

The Herbert was transformed in an ambitious project for an arts centre, gallery and museum in the middle of Coventry, facing Coventry Cathedral. It consisted of major permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, a history centre, the city archives, community arts studios and a major piece of public landscape which included a Peace Garden, commemorating the Coventry Blitz in 1941. A mediaeval vault (a Scheduled Ancient Monument) was incorporated into the scheme.

The Herbert won the Guardian Family-Friendly Museum Award in 2010 and attracted 311,000 visitors in its first year following re-opening, compared to 80,000 before redevelopment. The Bishop of Coventry said: "In a city with few cultural facilities or resources (it missed out on Victorian philanthropy and the bombing was a deep set back in its cultural life) the Herbert plays a vital part in the city of Coventry's life and in its self-understanding. The new extension is a landmark piece of architectural art in its own right, its collection is excellent and its imaginative exhibitions, often celebrating the life and history of Coventry, are a great asset to the people of the city and a vital contribution to our common life."

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Advantage West Midlands, the European Regional Development Fund, the Higgs Trust and Coventry City Council.