Architectural interior designer Colin Williams Design (CWD) has been chosen ahead of four rivals to lead the design element of a major refurbishment of a North museum.
'Access to Collections' is a £6.5m project aimed at making the Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham, a museum of international renown and enabling the public to get closer to the collections. The project is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Mr Williams said: "We are thrilled to be part of this major project. The Bowes Museum is a North-East treasure - one of our finest buildings and collections. Our team includes some of our working partners, including heritage architect Malcolm Newton and Light and Design Associates.
"Between us, we will produce design solutions that will take a restrained approach so as to allow the existing architectural assets to make their own grand statement."
Adrian Jenkins, museum director, said: "The design proposal by the CWD team impressed us with their modern yet sympathetic approach to the brief. They recognised that this is about showing the museum and its collections to their finest advantage, and helping us to achieve our vision."
Mr Williams added: "We feel it is extremely important that if the new interventions touch the existing fabric of the building, they do so lightly thus setting up a sense of energy and drama."