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Cost of Hoskins’ Scottish National Gallery revamp rises to £22 million

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Work is finally set to start next month on Hoskins Architects’ redevelopment of the Scottish National Gallery – with the cost ballooning to £22 million

The long-awaited project will transform the landmark Edinburgh building with a suite of new galleries directly accessible from Princes Street Gardens. A series of large windows will run the length of a new gardens-level façade to allow in light and offer views over the city.

Glasgow-based Hoskins was appointed to the scheme in 2014, when the project was valued at £9 million and expected to complete in 2018.

It emerged in early 2017 that the start on site had been delayed amid value engineering to keep the project within a revised £16.8 million budget.

Last summer the gallery announced that this scaling-back of the scheme included scrapping a plan to extend the gallery by 5m into East Princes Street Gardens. Trustees also decided to reconfigure display space within the gallery. 

However, despite the cutbacks, extra design and project costs mean the scheme is now priced at £22 million. 

Work will get under way within weeks, with completion scheduled for 2020. The gallery will be open as usual throughout the building programme, which will be led by main contractor Interserve.

National Galleries of Scotland director-general John Leighton said: ’This is a hugely exciting time for us, as we see our ambitious plans for the Scottish National Gallery getting under way.

’This project will completely transform the experience of our visitors, creating a National Gallery that is even more open, engaging and inviting with new presentations of Scotland’s art in a setting that will be truly world-class.

‘All will be welcome whether to come in and immerse themselves in the highly romantic paintings of the Scottish Highlands, to take part in a family day or just to linger, enjoy the views and maybe pick up one of our sketch pads.’

Hoskins Architects has been contacted for comment.

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  • Super ‘value engineering’ here that takes a £9m project to £22m...! Why should noble institutions like this always be at the front of the queue -ahead of many good causes sans professional fund raising teams- when they continually seem unable to control their appetite for strategic direction involving major building works.

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