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Fruitmarket Gallery commissions expansion feasibility study

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October 10 2012

Fruitmarket Gallery commissions expansion feasibility study
Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery has appointed SHS Burridge Architects to carry out a feasibility study into a multi-million pound revamp and extension of its current home.

The report, which is due to be published by the end of the year, will look at expanding existing gallery space by as much as a third through utilisation of existing airspace (subject to height restrictions), reclaiming a basement area above Waverley Station and/or purchase of an adjacent gap site.

This will enable large-scale works to be displayed and would dovetail with a general modernisation of services; such as heating and lighting, as well as upgraded catering and toilet facilities.

If a subsequent bid for capital funding from Creative Scotland proves successful (which is thought likely) a design competition will be held in 2013.

Gallery director Fiona Bradley told the Scotsman: “Richard Murphy’s building, which won several awards, was absolutely fantastic at the time and became a real flagship for the city.

“But the fact is that the programme we want to put on here has now outgrown the building and we have got to the stage where we think we need to look at its various restrictions and limitations.”

3 Comments

SAndals
#1 Posted by SAndals on 11 Oct 2012 at 12:22 PM
Time to review the "Science Centre" site across the road? Every practice in the city has looked at it - who knows current status?
CadMonkey
#2 Posted by CadMonkey on 15 Oct 2012 at 19:34 PM
Out of curiosity, does anyone know why the original architect is not being asked to look at this? Seems a topical point e.g. EMBT-RMJM being overlooked for the carefully considered Parliament extension also. I just hope he will share the CAD files.
wunderkind
#3 Posted by wunderkind on 16 Oct 2012 at 07:55 AM
CAD files?!? This building is older than that CadMonkey - there is no danger it was drawn on computer!

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