The completion of Hoskins Architects’ £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery has been delayed by at least a year
Aberdeen City Council said the modernisation project, initially scheduled to complete this year, would not now be ready for opening until late 2018 at the earliest.
Hoskins landed the job eight years ago in November 2009. The scheme will increase gallery space at the 1888 Grade A-listed landmark by 50 per cent and includes a new rooftop level.
It was then expected to cost £20 million, but that soon grew to £30 million and could now rise further.
The council said a report to its finance, policy and resources committee on 1 December would outline a revised schedule, provide further detail on the reasons for the delay and look at ’potential budget implications’.
Councillor Marie Boulton, a member of the council’s ruling coalition, described the delay as ’unacceptable’.
She said: ‘High-level discussions with the main contractor for the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment, McLaughlin and Harvey, are ongoing to finalise a revised schedule for the project.
’This is an important project for Aberdeen and it is imperative that what will be a lasting legacy for the city is completed to the exacting standards required for a development of this significance – but a delay of this nature is unacceptable.’
The council has appointed project manager Faithful+Gould to represent it in negotiations with McLaughlin and Harvey.
It said the contractor was likely to finish its work on site in the first quarter of next year, after which further works are required and the gallery has to be prepared for the public. This could take until 2019.
Boulton added: ‘With any building of this age and complexity there will always be complications which can impact on the programme, and that has been the case with Aberdeen Art Gallery.
‘However, we are in discussions with the contractor regarding the circumstances of the extension to the programme.’
Both Hoskins and McLaughlin and Harvey declined to comment.