A virtual reality (VR) tour showing parts of the new Northampton Museum and Art Gallery in Guildhall Road is now available on Northampton Borough Council’s website.

Project partners GSS Architecture have produced a VR tour, which allows viewers to take a glimpse inside the museum and art gallery, and navigate through a selection of the soon-to–be refurbished and extended spaces.

The VR tour includes seven separate viewpoints, to show the important connecting spaces between the galleries, but does not cover the entirety of the redevelopment works.

GSS Architecture, appointed by the Borough Council as architects, lead consultants and principal designers, are working with Wildgoose Construction to undertake the transformation.

The remodelling adds a modern extension, connecting the existing museum and Old Gaol Block. The extension will house a café and link space, along with a new shoe gallery, showcasing the museum’s world renowned collection. The Old Gaol Block development will include a new temporary exhibition gallery and events space.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement, said: “this innovative VR tour is both engaging and interactive, and gives a really good idea of what people will see once the museum and art gallery is open.

“We’re particularly excited about the huge atrium space, which will provide a stunning new communal area, linking the various parts of the building together. Work on this space has already started in reality, but this extensive VR tour shows just what a vast area it will be once complete.

“When the museum reopens in 2020, it will present Northampton’s rich history, welcome a range of touring exhibitions and provide a great destination for families, social meetings, events and private functions.”

Tom Jagger, Associate at GSS Architecture, said: “Many of these spaces cannot be viewed together before works started and so the VR tour has been a key tool to allow our client to visualise the proposed design.

“GSS are delighted to be working on this key addition to the growing Northampton Cultural Quarter. By providing an enriched and improved museum offer, the project will contribute to the regeneration of the town centre, enhancing the entertainment, learning and leisure opportunities Northampton has to offer.”

Wildgoose Construction Limited was appointed in September to deliver the project. The museum is anticipated to reopen in the spring 2020.

To view the tour, please visit www.northampton.gov.uk/virtual-tour