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Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum by Berman Guedes Stretton

First Look: Berman Guedes Stretton’s design for Cheltenham’s new art gallery has been granted planning consent

This five storey extension to the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum was the winning design from a selection of 77 judged by a RIBA panel last year.

The practice said: ‘The building’s scale, form and materials have been used to compliment its 19th and 20th century neighbours, it is an honest expression of 21st century design.’

Energy efficiency has been a strong driving force behind the design which features a highly efficient glazing system and the use of natural ventilation. The embodied energy of the concrete frame will be lowered through using both recycled aggregate and ‘granular blast furnace slag’ - a by-product of the steel manufacturing industry.

Gary Collins, associate director from Berman Guedes Stretton said: ‘Much consultation between the design team, our client, the public and outside interest groups has helped shape the design. We happily acknowledge the enlightened support and contributions of all involved.’

Jane Lillystone, museum and arts manager of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, said: ‘This is fantastic news for our development scheme. We believe we now have plans for a new extension to the Art Gallery & Museum that Cheltenham can be proud of, using a design that is sympathetic to the surrounding buildings.’

Work is scheduled to start on site in 2010 for completion in 2011. 

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