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'Enhanced' National Gallery entrance nears completion

Dixon Jones' new 'portico' entrance for the National Gallery will open at the end of September, it has been announced.

The announcement of a formal completion date has been marked with the publication of these construction shots.

The project - which was carried out in collaboration with conservation specialist Percell Miller Tritton - redeveloped the portico and renovated the decorative ceiling by J D Crace in the Staircase Hall.

The work in the portico has included the removal of the original supports of the dome and their replacement with a new structure, allowing for the creation of a new enhanced space.

In the Staircase Hall white over-painting on the ceiling has been removed to expose Crace's original ceiling.

A Modern intervention below the portico has also included the creation of a new 'multi-media area', called 'Art Start', and a new coffee bar.

by Ed Dorrell

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