Consent given for comprehensive refurbishment of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection
April 20 2017£66m refurbishment of the Burrell Collection, including the full redisplay of some 9,000 items housed by the cultural attraction.
This will see the existing network of spaces rationalised to improve circulation, opening up all three floors of the building, including its basement stores, to public access for the first time.
Work to the A-listed building will see offices converted into gallery space and a full overhaul of the leaking roof while making better use of a series of landscaped terraces and civic space which links the museum to Pollok Park.
John McAslan, executive chairman of John McAslan + Partners, commented: “The scheme has been shaped by the need to address the strains on the current building, by a need to respond to the works held in the collection, and by a desire to contribute further to the Burrell’s unique setting of Pollok Country Park. This decision will ensure the Burrell Collection maintains its strong significance within Scotland and internationally”.
At present just 20% of the full collection, encompassing everything from late medieval art, Chinese ceramics, bronzes and jades, Islamic pile carpets and French nineteenth-century paintings, is on public display.