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Photograph by  Ioana Marinescu

Jerwood Gallery is a museum of contemporary British art located on the Stade in Hastings, East Sussex and operated by the Jerwood Foundation, a privately funded charity. Opened in March 2012, the £4m gallery contains both temporary exhibitions and a permanent collection of work by artists including L.S. Lowry, Augustus John and Maggi Hambling. The new-build gallery is part of a wider masterplan to develop a new public space on a former seafront coach and lorry park.


Sustainability was embedded in the design from the outset, influencing orientation and plan layout, as well as the approach to materials and servicing. Skelly & Couch undertook a detailed analysis of renewable energy options, including life cycle costing (financial and CO2) and ongoing maintenance.


All the galleries are substantially naturally daylit and the building is almost all naturally ventilated, with the exception of the collection galleries where air conditioning is driven entirely through ground source cooling. Solar panels provide most of the hot water and rainwater is collected and recycled.


Jerwood Gallery was the recipient of a 2013 National RIBA award. It has also been granted a 2013 Civic Trust Award and a  2012 Public and Community Award by Sussex Heritage Trust.

Skelly & Couch is a dynamic firm of award-winning building environment and services engineers based in north London. Directors Mark Skelly, Tristan Couch, Mark Maidment and Stephen White lead a highly talented team of multi-skilled, specialist engineers. The practice has grown steadily over the past ten years through mainly repeat business, and now employs 40 people. The company’s primary market focus is to provide fully co-ordinated, sustainable designs for bespoke projects with a construction value between £1m to £35m. Our projects have won many architectural and sustainability awards, including 21 RIBA Regional Awards and seven RIBA National Awards. Skelly & Couch won the prestigious Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) 2015 Business Services Excellence Award (companies with up to 250 employees), a year after winning the ACE Project Design Excellence Award. The firm has achieved both ISO 9001 accreditation and ISO 14001 certification for environmental management.



6-9 Union Wharf

23 Wenlock Road

London N1 7SB



tel 020 7424 7770


Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire. Skelly & Couch provided full M&E, environmental and acoustics design co-ordination