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Work due to begin on New Walk Museum lift and staircase

Published on Friday, December 30, 2016

WORK is due to begin on preparing New Walk Museum for the installation of a new visitor staircase and lift.

Leicester City Council is replacing the existing staircase, which doesn’t meet modern health and safety standards, as well as adding a new visitor lift as part of major work due to start in January 2017.

The installation works mean that the upper floor of New Walk Museum will be closed to visitors from Tuesday, January 3, until mid May 2017.

Visitors will not be able to access any of the upstairs galleries, including the World Art exhibition, Picasso Ceramics, Arts and Crafts and German Expressionist displays, while the works are taking place.

The museum’s main entrance will also be closed from Monday, January 9, but visitors will still be able to get access through the Lord Mayor’s entrance, in the museum’s car park.

As a result, the car park will be closed during those works, although disabled cars will still be allowed to park. Visitors wanting to book a disabled space can contact the museum on 0116 225 4900.

The new staircase is expected to cost about £543,000, with the new lift in the entrance foyer costing £80,000.

The cost is being met by £300,000 from the council’s Property Capital Maintenance Provision budget, plus £330,000 funding as part of the council’s Economic Action Plan budget.

New Walk is the city’s flagship museum, attracting over 200,000 visitors a year.