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Kier Construction Scotland wins main building contract for Burrell refurbishment

New Central Access Core at the Burrell Collection. Image courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

Glasgow City Council’s contracts and property committee has confirmed Kier Construction Scotland as the preferred bidder to deliver the Main Building Contract to take forward the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment plans.

The appointment marks the next phase which will see the sensitive repair of the building envelope, renewal of the building services, creation of a new internal access core and refurbishment of the museum’s interiors along with external landscaping.

Kier Construction Scotland is set to start onsite at the Burrell early summer 2018 with procurement for the Burrell’s visitor experience contract taking place later this year.

New Central Access Core at the Burrell Collection. Image courtesy of John McAslan + Partners

Chair of Glasgow Life, and depute leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor David McDonald, said: “The refurbishment of the Burrell Collection will unlock the great potential of Sir William’s incredible gift to the city and the appointment of Kier Construction as the main contractor is a significant milestone. We are protecting and enhancing the Collection for the current and future generations – and creating a home for these treasures which, in its location at the heart of Pollok Country Park, is nothing short of exceptional.”

Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland, said: “It’s an honour to be working with Glasgow Life in the restoration of the home of the Burrell Collection – a national treasure for Scotland.

“We have a solid record of successfully working on major heritage projects of this scale, including the restoration of The Mackintosh building at Glasgow School of Art and the refurbishment of Edinburgh College of Art and Aberdeen Music Hall.

“We are committed to working closely with the local supply chain to help create a range of diverse employment and training opportunities and provide opportunity throughout the life of the project to help increase footfall in Pollok Park during the construction period as we deliver this important project.”

Gallery space and displays at the Burrell Collection. Image courtesy of Event Communications

In a further boost to the museum’s refurbishment, the Burrell Renaissance has received an additional £1.4 million funding from four major supporters. The Wolfson Foundation and The Headley Trust have each pledged £500,000. The Gannochy Trust has pledged £250,000 and The Taylor Family Foundation has pledged £150,000.

Chair of Burrell Renaissance, Sir Angus Grossart, added: “We are grateful for the support of those who have committed so generously to the Burrell Renaissance, including The Wolfson Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Gannochy Trust and The Taylor Family Foundation. That significant support reinforces our ambition to ensure that Sir William’s legacy will have a physical context and the international engagement that his great collection deserves.”

Gallery space and displays at the Burrell Collection. Image courtesy of Event Communications

The cost of the project is estimated at £66m with Glasgow City Council agreeing to fund up to 50% of the overall project cost. Support of the project has been overwhelming with over 94% of the estimated project costs now raised including £15m from the National Lottery.

Plans for the refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell will see the museum’s public space increase by 83% and gallery space increase by 35% with store rooms on the lower ground floor open to the public for the first time. As well as improved facilities including café and retail opportunities, landscaped terraces will link the museum to its parkland setting, enhancing the visitor experience.

A re-interpretation of treasures of the Collection will also tell much more of a story about their importance and how they were collected, with an increase in artworks on display across the museum’s collections.

HLF approves £15m funding for Burrell Collection revamp

Burrell CollectionWork on a £66 million overhaul to transform the Burrell Collection museum in Glasgow will get underway within months after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed the £15m it had earmarked for the project back in April 2015.

The A-listed building in Pollok Country Park, which closed to the public last October, is to be transformed to create a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

The construction programme will open up three floors of the building, including the basement stores, allowing much more of the 9,000 artworks collected by shipping merchant Sir William Burrell to be enjoyed by visitors.

Glasgow City Council has pledged up to 50% of the £66m total cost, and the UK government has contributed £5m.

A tender seeking contractors for the revamp was issued in June shortly after planning consent was granted by the local authority.

John McAslan & Partners was appointed as architect and lead designer for the project.

Burrell Collection revamp 2David McDonald, chair of Glasgow Life, the trust which runs the Burrell Collection on behalf of the city council, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the development of Glasgow Museums for almost two decades and its significant investment has played a vital role in the success and growth of the city’s cultural offer.

“With its support and commitment, the Burrell Collection is once again a catalyst for change, driving regeneration of the historic and cultural heritage of Pollok Country Park, greatly enhancing the wider cultural offer Southside of Glasgow and playing an important role in the city’s growing tourism offer by contributing to the economic impact it brings to the city.”

Seona Reid, chair of the Scotland committee of the HLF, said: “It is timely that in a year when we are celebrating Scotland’s History, Heritage and Archaeology, we are able to support such an important collection.

“It will be transformed so it can continue to be a place of joy and inspiration for local, national and international visitors for many years to come.”

The work will begin in the spring of next year and is due for completion by 2020.

McAslan & Partners wins £75m National Galleries archive contract

the-granton-siteThe National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) has selected John McAslan + Partners to design a new £75 million low-energy archive in Granton, Edinburgh.

The practice secured the commission following a publicly tendered contract involving an undisclosed shortlist of firms.

Located at Madelvic House, close to the listed former Granton gas tower and Edinburgh College’s campus, the 30,000sq/m National Collections Facility (NCF) will be built to Passivhaus standards to provide a low-energy home for more than 100,000 exhibits – including art, sculpture, photographs and publications.

The unused site, which was donated to NGS by the Scottish Government, includes the remains of the oldest purpose-built car factory in the UK, which has been previously been earmarked for demolition, but could now be saved.

A spokesperson for the National Galleries of Scotland told Scottish Construction Now: “We are delighted to announce that following the completion of an international tender process, John McAslan + Partners have been appointed to design the National Collections Facility in Granton, Edinburgh. The contract is to design a scheme which fully utilises the Granton site and will outline proposals for realising the site vision across what is expected to be four phases of construction. It is envisaged that the design would be submitted for Detailed Planning in winter 2017/18.

“The NCF will be a purpose-built collection centre for the high-quality care, and the effective management and distribution of the national art collection. It will transform public access and will help deliver an international and national presence for research and education. The NCF will also be an exemplar of high energy and efficiency underpinned by the rigour of the Passivhaus building standard.

“John McAslan + Partners have a superb international reputation and have delivered many important cultural projects in Doha, Russia and Morocco and have worked with major museums and galleries across the UK such as the Natural History Museum, the Courtauld Institute, Tate Britain and the British Museum.”

McAslan & Partners will now draw up detailed designs for the phased facility this winter, with completion anticipated by 2021.

Architect raises concerns over Burrell Collection restoration

Burrell Collection revamp 2One of the architects behind Glasgow’s Burrell Collection museum has urged those in charge of the building’s £66 million restoration project to not “mess around” with the original.

The art gallery and museum is currently closed to undergo extensive repairs and structural changes. A tender seeking contractors for the project was issued only this week.

John Meunier, who helped create the landmark building more than 30 years ago, said he was concerned about changes to the main entrance and the Hutton Rooms.

Architects John McAslan + Partners won the commission to carry out the work last year.

In a letter to the architects, Mr Meunier, emeritus professor of architecture at Arizona State University, said: “The issue for me is the long term and whether it retains its status as one of the best 20th century works of architecture in Scotland, superbly matching the architecture to the works of art, while continuing to honour the intentions of its progenitor [William Burrell].

“For it to do that a lot more has to be retained, including the extended entry sequence of graduated spaces, and the programmatic requirement of the will that the restored Hutton Rooms be retained.”

Burrell CollectionPaddy Pugh, director of conservation and planning at architects McAslan, wrote to Mr Meunier: “We have the utmost respect for the building and have, as you know, taken a great deal of care to understand its design intent and significance.

“There is no doubt in our minds that The Burrell fully deserves its recognition and status as a Category A listed building.”

Glasgow Life said it had not been contacted by Mr Meunier. It said the “original, existing entrance will remain exactly the same, open and in use at all times”.

A statement added: “The new scheme will create an additional entrance to improve access into and around the museum.

“Access, although important when the Burrell was designed in the 1970s, no longer meets visitor expectations or standards required for a major cultural building.

“The scheme will also repair and re-service the building so that its internal environment is once again, appropriate for displaying a nationally important collection.”

Tender issued for Burrell Collection revamp contractors

Burrell CollectionContractors are being sought for the refurbishment of the Burrell Collection museum in Glasgow.

The A-listed building in Pollok Country Park, which closed to the public last October, is to be transformed to create a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

The two-year construction programme will open up three floors of the building, including the basement stores, allowing much more of the 9,000 artworks collected by shipping merchant Sir William Burrell to be enjoyed by visitors.

An OJEU notice has now been published inviting contractors to bid for the prestigious project.

Up to five firms will be shortlisted for the Burrell Renaissance project, which is being managed by Gardiner & Theobald LLP and designed by John McAslan & Partners.

Planning permission for the entire £66 million refurbishment was granted last month.

Contractors have until June 29 to express an interest.

Green light for £66m revamp of Burrell Collection

Burrell CollectionPlanning permission has been granted for a £66 million refurbishment of the Burrell Collection museum in Glasgow.

The A-listed building in Pollok Country Park, which closed to the public last October, houses almost 9,000 artworks collected by shipping merchant Sir William Burrell.

The scheme will open up three floors of the building, including the basement stores, allowing much more of the collection to be enjoyed by visitors.

Work will also include the creation of a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

The museum has suffered from a leaky roof, outdated glazing and other issues, and the revamp will see the roof completely replaced.

Burrell Collection revamp 2The planning decision follows the recent approval by Glasgow City Council for funding of up to £27.3m toward the cost of the project and re-display of the collection.

John McAslan, executive chairman of architect John McAslan & Partners, who were appointed as architect and lead designer for the project, hopes the refurbishment will see a revival in its fortunes.

He said: “The Burrell Collection’s ambitious plans have taken a major step forward.

“We are delighted approval has been granted for the renaissance of the Burrell.

“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 collection maintains its strong significance within Scotland and internationally.”

Burrell Collection revampDavid Logue, senior partner, Scotland, at Gardiner & Theobald LLP, which is managing the project, said: “We are delighted with this decision.

“With an increase in public space and display space, and in reducing the museum’s large carbon footprint, the proposed works are set to benefit future generations.”

The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged £15m towards the project and the UK government has committed £5m.

A fundraising campaign is under way with a target of £15m.

Work to transform the A-listed building, which closed to the public last October, will see the creation of a dedicated space for special exhibitions and the conversion of offices into galleries.

It is expected to reopen in 2020.

Designs unveiled for Burrell Collection’s £66m revamp

Burrell Collection revamp 2The first artists’ impressions of the new Burrell Collection have been unveiled just days after the Glasgow art gallery and museum closed its doors to enable work to begin on the £66 million refurbishment.

Designed by John McAslan and Partners and Event Communications, the blueprints reveal plans to modernise and improve the visitor experience while retaining the architectural integrity of the Category A listed building. Under the plans, a new roof and high performance glazing will make the museum more energy-efficient.

Two new floors of exhibition space will be created so that 90 per cent of the collection can be viewed by the public.

The collection includes rare examples of medieval stained glass, tapestries and sculptures, ancient Chinese ceramics, bronzes and jades, Islamic pile carpets and French paintings.

As well as providing increased access to the collection, including to the lower ground floor stores, improved facilities will include a cafe with access from the park at ground level, enhanced retail opportunities, and landscaped terraces linking the museum to its parkland setting.

Hannah Lawson, a director at John McAslan and Partners, said: “The Burrell provides an inspiring setting for shipping magnate Sir William Burrell’s vast collection of art and antiquities within a category A listed building of international significance.

“John McAslan and Partners are delighted to be leading a team dedicated to the comprehensive repair and refurbishment of this architectural masterpiece.

“By providing a new circulation core we can open up new parts of the gallery to visitors and greatly increase the display area for the collections.”

Burrell Collection revampSir Angus Grossart, chairman of Burrell Renaissance, which is overseeing the redevelopment, said: “The designs will see the museum undergo the most comprehensive modernisation since opening to international acclaim in 1983.

“The proposals will deliver the high quality and innovative solutions for this exciting project.

“We expect to be able to show previously unseen works from this rich collection, and strengthen the reach of this extraordinary world-class museum.”

Glasgow City Council deputy leader, Archie Graham, said: “Sir William Burrell’s legacy has been described as the greatest gift a city has ever received and we have a moral duty to ensure it is housed in the finest of buildings.

“Having seen the early design concepts, I’ve no doubt we will create an outstanding museum space, which reveals the incredible beauty, quality and depth of the collection.

“The Burrell Collection is a masterpiece and the refurbished and re-displayed museum will be one of Scotland’s finest cultural assets.”

The Burrell Collection is scheduled to reopen in 2020. Glasgow City Council has agreed to fund up to 50 per cent of the overall project cost with the UK government awarding an additional £5m.

John McAslan + Partners wins commission for University of Edinburgh School of Geosciences

University of Edinburgh Geosciences BuildingJohn McAslan + Partners has won an international competition to design the new Geosciences Building for the University of Edinburgh.

The 17,500 sqm project on the King’s Building campus consolidates the existing accommodation into one building.

The new design will encourage communication between researchers and at the same time inspire students by allowing them to see the entire workings of a department.

A reinterpretation of the typical laboratory layout will achieve transparency throughout the building, visually connecting write-up areas, laboratories, group rooms and offices. The building will be unified by a dramatic central atrium.

Professor Sandy Tudhope, head of School of Geosciences at the University of Edinburgh, said: “The School of Geosciences will be more than just a place of work and learning – it will be an inclusive and diverse community that reaches out to the city and beyond, where chance interactions between diverse users add to the creative flair and shared experience.”

Hannah Lawson, project director at JMP, added: “Our concept for the new building for the University of Edinburgh School of GeoSciences is for a global meeting place – a vibrant space that creates an atmosphere of discovery and encourages the interaction and exchange of ideas relating to the factors and forces that shape our world. The new building will significantly enhance the School’s reputation as a world-class academic community.”

John McAslan and Gardiner & Theobald confirmed for £66m Burrell Collection revamp

Burrell CollectionGlasgow City Council has confirmed the appointment of Gardiner & Theobald LLP with John McAslan + Partners and Event Communications to take forward the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment and redisplay plans.

Gardiner & Theobald LLP has been appointed to undertake the project management with John McAslan + Partners as architect and lead designer for the £66 million refurbishment of the building, whilst Event Communications has been appointed to deliver exhibition and interpretative design across the Burrell’s galleries.

The 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 has been pledged to date with support from Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the UK government.

A total of 113 suppliers expressed an interest in the tender for the Project Management led Architectural and Building Design Team, with a further 57 suppliers expressing an interest in Exhibition Design Team Services.

Following a pre-evaluation stage, six suppliers submitted a valid tender for Project Management led Architectural and Building Design:

  • Buro Four with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Doig + Smith with Dixon Jones
  • Gardiner & Theobald LLP with John McAslan + Partners
  • Mace with Reiach and Hall
  • Mott MacDonald with Page \ Park Architects
  • Turner & Townsend with Hoskins Architects

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. The appointment of world-leading practices in architecture, project management and exhibition design shows, yet again, our commitment to the city’s cultural treasures. In just a few years’ time, Sir William’s passion and lifelong commitment to building his collection will be honoured by being housed in a museum worthy of its unrivalled status.”

David Logue, senior partner, Scotland, at Gardiner & Theobald LLP, said: “Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the Burrell Collection and we’re delighted to be a part of it. The proposed solutions will look towards the importance of sustainability and accessibility, whilst speaking to the importance of the Collection’s contents.”

John McAslan, executive chairman of John McAslan + Partners, added: “With its distinctive presence and unique blend of artefacts with architecture, we are delighted to be appointed architect and lead designer for this project and to be given the opportunity to work with the Burrell Collection as it becomes an exemplar for a 21st century museum.”

The teams will begin developing the scope for the refurbishment and redisplay from April 2016, with building work set to commence from October 2016.

A programme of events and activities leading up to October 2016 will give the public the opportunity to see and engage with treasures from the Collection before refurbishment begins after which an exhibition of works from the Burrell will be on display at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow, allowing continued access to citizens and visitors alike.

John McAslan and Partners recommended for Burrell Collection revamp

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John McAslan and Partners has been recommended to take forward the £66 million revamp of Glasgow’s world famous Burrell Collection museum.

Glasgow City Council’s executive committee is to meet on Thursday to consider the appointment of the practice and Gardiner & Theobald LLP as the Project Management led Architectural and Building Design Team. A design company, Event Communications, will also be recommended to be the museum’s exhibition designers.

The refurbishment, costing an estimated £60m-£66m, will see the fabric of the building repaired and conserved, rendering the museum a benchmark for accessibility and sustainability. The ambitious plans will also allow a much greater proportion of the Collection to be displayed, with the museum’s basement stores remodeled to allow public access for the first time, with capacity for a programme of changing Collection highlights.  A new learning centre, improved facilities and landscaping linking the museum to its parkland setting will also deliver a new visitor experience.

A total of 113 suppliers expressed an interest in the tender for the Project Management led Architectural and Building Design Team, with a further 57 suppliers expressing an interest in Exhibition Design Team Services.

Following a pre-evaluation stage, six suppliers submitted a valid tender for Project Management led Architectural and Building Design:

  • Buro Four with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
  • Doig + Smith with Dixon Jones
  • Gardiner & Theobald LLP with John McAslan + Partners
  • Mace with Reiach and Hall
  • Mott MacDonald with Page \ Park Architects
  • Turner & Townsend with Hoskins Architects