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Gareth Hoskins wins Scottish National Gallery contest

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Gareth Hoskins has won the high-profile competition for the £9 million overhaul of Edinburgh’s Scottish National Gallery

The Glasgow-based practice defeated five rival outfits including Malcolm Fraser Architects which completed the initial feasibility study for the coveted redevelopment job.

The other finalists vying to revamp the neoclassical icon were LDN Architects, John McAslan + Partners, MUMA and Page/Park.

Gareth Hoskins has already designed a new home for the National Theatre of Scotland and completed a £4.7 million redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland.

The four-year project will double the display area for Scottish art inside the prestigious galley. Improved visitor facilities, circulation and energy efficiency are also expected to be on the cards.

Gallery director Michael Clarke said: ‘The outstanding collection of Scottish Art held at the Scottish National Gallery has an international significance and this transformational project will allow for the creation of new and innovative displays to inspire our growing number of visitors from all over the world. We look forward to working with Gareth Hoskins and his experienced team to deliver this exciting project.”

Gareth Hoskins commented: ‘We and our wider team are incredibly excited at the opportunity of working with the National Galleries to create new spaces for their fantastic collection of Scottish art as part of the ongoing evolution of one of Edinburgh and Playfair’s most significant groupings of cultural buildings.’

Designed by William Henry Playfair, the 1859 structure occupies a prominent plot in the Scottish capital on the Mound.

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