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Projects, February 19, 2018

The Natural History Museum

Floor: 100 mm Engineered Oak

Size: 100 x 20 mm

Project: Main gift shop, Bird Gallery & Fossil walkway

Location:  South Kensington, London

Client: The Natural History Museum


The Natural History Museum is one of London’s most popular and important museums, housing hundreds of exhibits and collections from the natural world. The Natural Wood Floor Company had the pleasure of manufacturing and supplying the wood flooring for the main gift shop, Bird Gallery and Fossil walkway on the ground floor of the museum.

In total, 1168 square metres of The Natural Wood Floor Company’s narrow 100mm European Oak was fitting by wood flooring contractors FPS Flooring Ltd. It was then finished with a Bonakemi Traffic wood floor sealer to provide a long-lasting protective coat.

With its landmark building, world-class collections and outstanding exhibitions, The Natural History Museum attracts over 3 million visitors each year, so the flooring had to be durable, hardwearing and easy to maintain. Rob Gammage, Project manager at The Natural History Museum said, “we are really pleased with the new floor, it complements our collections well and blends in with the Grade 1 listed building’s distinctive and elaborate architecture.”

Designed by Mworldwide architects, the refurbished shop has a bright and contemporary feel. Sue Yeend-Curd, Head of Visitor Commerce at The Natural History Museum said, “We are all absolutely delighted with the new floor in the gift shop. It has helped to create a modern and contemporary shopping area which blends in with the building’s distinctive and stunning architecture.”

The Natural History Museum promotes the discovery, understanding, enjoyment and responsible use of the natural world, so it was important that The Natural Wood Floor Company shared their values and could authenticate their wood with a FSC certification. The Natural Wood Floor Company is totally committed to the environment and all of their wood originates from sustainable sources.


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