Designer Terence Conran, who will turn 80-years-old this year, will be giving a huge gift of approx. £17.5m to help London's Design Museum move six mile west. Although the Design Museum are very happy with the building they're currently in, most people agree that the space (a former banana warehouse situated on the Thames) is much too small. The move will see them take over the currently unoccupied Commonwealth Institute in Kensington, giving it three times as much space.
"Moving to the Commonwealth Institute will allow all our dreams and ambitions for the Design Museum to come true, to create a world class space with the size and scope for the serious promotion and celebration of design and architecture in this country. I am also uplifted by the support we are receiving from Government, who recognise the enormous contribution the creative industries make to the economy and the quality of life of ordinary people. Design, manufacturing and business are completely interlinked and one cannot succeed without the other."