Improvement works covering restoration of the roof and dome, upgrades to gallery access and facilities, and environmental improvements to the galleries and collection storage. 

The Royal West of England Academy is a Grade II* listed gallery, originally constructed in 1857. The building faced numerous challenges in serving as a modern functioning art gallery as no significant upgrades had taken place since 1913.

The stonework and the roof had been in dire need of repair and the project was awarded Historic England grant aid to replace the entire roof and restore the stone work in the dome.

With a lack of environmental control in the gallery, Ferguson Mann Architects prepared proposals for the Methuen Gallery, which was chosen for special upgrades so that it could host sensitive artworks. 

The roof and external envelope works were completed in 2002. Phases 1 – 4 of the improvements were completed incrementally and work continues on the re-ordering of the front and improved access to the reception and gallery area.