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McAslan + Partners selected as preferred bidder for £66m Burrell refurbishment

February 29 2016

McAslan + Partners selected as preferred bidder for £66m Burrell refurbishment
Glasgow City Council has revealed the shortlist of design teams in the running to oversee the refurbishment of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection, projected to cost as much as £66m, with Gardiner & Theobald LLP with John McAslan + Partners recommended as preferred suppliers.

They will go head-to-head Buro Four with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands along; Doig + Smith with Dixon Jones; Mace with Reiach and Hall; Mott MacDonald with Page \ Park and Turner & Townsend with Hoskins Architects.       

The work has been necessitated by the desire to put on display a greater proportion of the extensive collection; including opening up the museum’s basement stores, remodelled access and a new learning centre. 

The appointment of a project management led architectural and building design team to carry out repairs and conservation to the fabric of the building will be the focus of a meeting of the council’s executive committee on Thursday.

Event Communications submitted the sole valid tender for exhibition design team services.


Rem Koolbag
#1 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 29 Feb 2016 at 10:17 AM
UR - please amend the second paragraph into English so it is clear which team is which.
I recommend adding the words and the punctuation then reading it back in your own head to see if it makes sense.

#2 Posted by CADMonkey on 29 Feb 2016 at 11:51 AM
So, for The World Famous Burrell Collection, City of Glasgow Council, were unable to obtain two exhibition design companies on the planet willing to submit valid tenders for the very important commission?
Perhaps this was down to restrictive EU Procurement Rules?
#3 Posted by pleasantfield on 29 Feb 2016 at 18:49 PM
The Herald "So much water is seeping into the 32-year-old building’s roof, “significant vegetation growth” has been found in ceilings.
The building has been declared “not fit for purpose”.
Ok that's what the Herald said. A building not fit for purpose. Which of course means an original design not fit for purpose. For goodness sake the building was only opened in 1983. 32 years and it needs £66million to upgrade it and 3-4 years to do so. Good grief it could be knocked down and rebuilt from scratch in that time. . Presumably this time John McAslan will ensure it is "fit for purpose" ie does'nt leak like a sieve . Its one hell of an expensive refurb.

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#4 Posted by neil on 1 Mar 2016 at 12:04 PM
It is crazy that a building should have such major problems after such a short time (especially as the problems have been ongoing for quite a time) and it is vitally important that no corners are cut to make sure that these works properly fix the problems with such a wonderful building.

However, it should be clear that this project is not just about fixing the roof. To quote the previous UR article: "Work will also see construction of two additional floors of exhibition space and a remodelling of basement storerooms to open them up for public access."

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