City council appoint Burrell contractors

The Burrell is getting ready for a reincarnation as a world-leading museum facility.
The Burrell is getting ready for a reincarnation as a world-leading museum facility.

Glasgow City Council have announced the appointment of the preferred contracting team to undertake the refurbishment of the Burrell.

Gardiner & Theobald LLP has been appointed to undertake the project management with John McAslan + Partners as architect and lead designer for the refurbishment of the building, whilst Event Communications has been appointed to deliver exhibition and interpretative design across the Burrell’s galleries.

The refurbishment project will see the museum undergo its most comprehensive modernisation since opening to international acclaim in 1983.

The building, which is no longer fit for purpose, will be turned into an exemplar of sustainability, transforming it from a building with a large carbon footprint, into an energy efficient, modern museum.

In addition, plans will allow a much greater proportion of the Collection to be displayed. Basement stores, open to the public for the first time, and a new central core will greatly increase access for visitors to the many artworks.

Visitors will also benefit from a new learning space, and improved café and retail opportunities, while landscaped terraces will be introduced to link the museum with its parkland setting, providing a venue for events.

More than two-thirds of the fundraising target of £60 million to £66 million has been pledged to date with support from Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the UK Government.

Councillor Archie Graham, the depute leader of Glasgow City Council and chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Sir William’s great gift is of huge cultural importance both at home and abroad and we have a moral duty to protect and promote his outstanding legacy.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the development of the Burrell Collection, as we work to unlock its great potential.”