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January 18 2018

Contractor appointed for Burrell build
Glasgow City Council has named Kier Construction as preferred contractor for an ambitious £66m refurbishment of the A-listed Burrell Collection for which they will move on-site this summer.

The contract will include repair of the existing building envelope to designs by McAslan & Partners together with the renewal of building services, installation of a new internal access core and full refurbishment of all interiors and landscaping.

This will facilitate an 83% increase in gallery space, together with 35% more storage on the lower ground floor which will also be opened up to the public for the first time. Improved facilities will also include a café, retail and landscaped terraces.

Together these changes will allow more background to be given about the 9,000 treasures within the collection as well as an increase in displayed artwork.

Procurement for the Burrell’s visitor experience contract will take place later this year.
 
Gallery space will be upped by no less than 83%
Gallery space will be upped by no less than 83%
More spacious accommodation will allow more background detail to be provided
More spacious accommodation will allow more background detail to be provided

9 Comments

monkey9000
#1 Posted by monkey9000 on 19 Jan 2018 at 10:38 AM
Oh look, they are building a cave in the forest!
alan park
#2 Posted by alan park on 19 Jan 2018 at 11:43 AM
Could have been worse, a certain other major contractor could have been appointed - as Diane Abbott asked, how much is a Carrillion, anyway?
GlasgowSmilesBetter
#3 Posted by GlasgowSmilesBetter on 19 Jan 2018 at 14:46 PM
Kier you say? Carillion you say? that'll be the two top blacklisting companies out there....wonder if GGC considered that or was it cheapest cave wins??
Puzzle
#4 Posted by Puzzle on 19 Jan 2018 at 20:43 PM
That brings a question - why on earth the museum shut its door over a year ago, if actual construction starts this summer?
Puzzle Solved
#5 Posted by Puzzle Solved on 20 Jan 2018 at 16:22 PM
Because it takes a long time to decant a museum full of very valuable items?
Rob
#6 Posted by Rob on 22 Jan 2018 at 06:26 AM
Glasgow City Council and other organisations don't give two hoots about Blacklisting

Carrillion (Blacklister) did the Royal Concert Hall

McAlpine (Blacklister) - Theatre Royal

Balfour Beatty (Blacklister) - Queen Street Station

Even our own Glasgow School of Art ...... Appointed

Kier (Blacklister) - The Mack

McAlpine (Blacklister) - the Reid

I think it's safe to say the don't care how badly a big organisation behaves

GlasgowSmilesBetter
#7 Posted by GlasgowSmilesBetter on 22 Jan 2018 at 10:46 AM
Good point Rob, so we've seen the Carillion collapse because of not only their own mismanagement but that of government, and the race to go with what they know...its a water shed moment from the industry and smaller businesses if taken seriously....when will those in power learn to take these contractors to task and not just believe the sales pitch on how they want to, but won't deliver the project! Be interesting to watch the delivery from Kier on local opportunities in the surrounding area and not just a low cost cave for such a fabulous collection of art.
You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter
#8 Posted by You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter on 22 Jan 2018 at 16:40 PM
Dont understand the negativity. The Burrell Collection has been wrought with problems ever since it opened. I am entirely confident that Kier are capable of honouring this legacy.

A simple google of 'defects beggar belief' paints a pretty picture about Keir's approach.

Its like the councils dont speak to each other.........D&G are still mopping up the mess they left at DG One - millions of taxpayers money down the drain.... yet somehow the perpetrators pick up top notch projects?

Yours, worried reader.
You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter
#9 Posted by You cant fit quicker than a kwik fit fitter on 13 Jun 2018 at 12:24 PM
Any update on this one - meant to be on site this summer?

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