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Hoskins Aberdeen Art Gallery's bags funding boost

Gareth Hoskins Architects’ proposed £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery has received a ‘first round’ pledge of £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The practice won the project, which will increase gallery space at the 1888 Grade A-listed landmark by 50 per cent and includes a new rooftop level, back in November 2009 (see below).

The cost of the scheme has increased from the initial £20 million budget set at the contest stage.

Gareth Hoskins Architects' proposed £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery - ground floor, main hall

Gareth Hoskins Architects’ proposed £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery

Previous story (AJ 05.11.09)

Hoskins lands Aberdeen Art Gallery jackpot

Gareth Hoskins Architects has landed the £20 million scheme to redevelop Aberdeen Art Gallery

The practice saw off five other, unnamed, shortlisted practices, to scoop the prize project to carry out a ‘design study’ in a bid to transform the landmark into a ‘gallery fit for purpose for the 21st century’.

The gallery hopes these designs will form the basis of a funding bid for ‘external grants and funds.’

Speaking about the appointment, Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums manager Christine Rew said: ‘The practice has a great reputation for developing innovative and sympathetic design solutions for museums and historic buildings. I know they will propose an exciting scheme for the Art Gallery and give us a building we can be proud of.’

Practice founder Gareth Hoskins said: ‘This project presents us with a real opportunity to rethink how people access and experience the wonderful internal spaces of the gallery and how these can be reconfigured and extended to open up the collections to a wider audience and reinforce the gallery’s public presence as a destination within the city.’

The gallery celebrates its 125th anniversary next year.

Full list of aims of the project

  • Modernising the gallery and improving areas for educational and research space
  • Providing ‘days’ areas for schoolchildren which can be used in the evening for corporate events or lectures
  • Revitalising the McBey Room and Library – central to the design plans
  • Providing an area where visitors can access collections by computer
  • Possible demolition of rear office extension and replacement with a new service area
  • Identified and improving access for the disabled
  • Providing controlled, cool environments in all new space/volumes
  • Improving The Cowdray Hall
  • Create a design, which will retain the best features of the existing gallery complex

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