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Funding announcement clears way for Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp

October 10 2014

Funding announcement clears way for Aberdeen Art Gallery revamp
Aberdeen Art Gallery has confirmed a £10m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, one third of the total cost of redeveloping the city landmark, clearing the way for work to begin potentially by the first half of 2015.

The cash will help pay for delivery of a Gareth Hoskins Architects design for 21 new gallery spaces to replace the existing 11; alongside a new outdoor exhibition space and community gallery. External works will see an existing pitched roof removed and skylights moved behind existing parapets to make way for a single storey rooftop extension.

Refurbishment work will also be undertaken at the War Memorial and Cowdray Hall.

Deputy council leader councillor Marie Boulton said: “The project will give us many more opportunities to display our wonderful collections, which are among the finest in the United Kingdom, bringing benefits for local people and visitors alike. The interior improvements will also thoroughly modernise the gallery and allow us to attract the best possible range of incoming exhibitions and individual exhibits.

“The Art Gallery has always evolved over its 130-year history and this latest renewal makes a positive contribution to the building itself and to the wider conservation area. We are adding a modern dimension with high design standards to an outstanding historic building – one which has been supported by Historic Scotland and now by the Heritage Lottery Fund.”

Planning permission for the scheme was delivered last autumn with the expectation that the revamp could open its doors in 2017.
10 additional gallery spaces will be housed within the expanded building
10 additional gallery spaces will be housed within the expanded building
Work isn't expected to get underway until 2015
Work isn't expected to get underway until 2015


#1 Posted by Bill on 10 Oct 2014 at 11:03 AM
This is grim news. Imagine a decent, contemporary Architect with excellent past experience in similar museum projects winning over local experts who shall remain nameless? It is shocking that a "foreign" central belt Practice can come to Aberdeen with their understanding of context, light and materials and win over the Local Authority in comparison to the usual offerings of rendered panels, random windows and token gestures of imported granite. I think it is appalling that the sensitive scale of the proposals and the minimal impact that the intervention has on the existing building have not been dwarfed by an out-of-scale block with reflective glass and expansion joints that could have replaced it. Grim news indeed.
#2 Posted by Alf on 10 Oct 2014 at 13:58 PM
Bill, my brain just melted.
#3 Posted by Shabbadoo on 10 Oct 2014 at 14:46 PM
#4 Posted by dalrylama on 10 Oct 2014 at 15:45 PM
Dolla' dolla' Bill y'all.

Bill for Aberdeen 'Design Impresario/potentate' - title TBC.
#5 Posted by Rem-Job on 10 Oct 2014 at 17:44 PM
I find the name bill to be particularly grim. No inverted commas with this new bulletin .....
Also Bill (but not that Bill)
#6 Posted by Also Bill (but not that Bill) on 12 Oct 2014 at 10:49 AM
I take it other Bill that, that you are being sarcastic because of the usual pap that gets planning and built in Aberdeen?
#7 Posted by Egbert on 14 Oct 2014 at 08:46 AM
You're right Bill. Halliday Fraser Munro woz robbed.

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