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First look at McAslan’s Burrell Collection overhaul

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The first images have been revealed of John McAslan + Partners’ £66 million project to upgrade Glasgow’s Grade A-listed Burrell Collection

The renders, showing an example display space, a central vertical core and new landscaping, have been released two days after the museum closed for restoration.

The 1983 building was designed by Barry Gasson, John Meunier and Brit Andresen, and has been suffering from water ingress.

The restoration will bring about a fourfold increase in the L-shaped building’s floor space, allowing 90 per cent of the museum’s 9,000-item collection to be displayed.

The project will open up the museum’s lower ground floor stores for the first time and create a new learning centre, landscaping works, a ground-floor entrance to the café and improved retail facilities. It is expected to complete in 2020.

McAslan director Hannah Lawson said: ‘The Burrell provides an inspiring setting for shipping magnate Sir William Burrell’s vast collection of art and antiquities within a category A-listed building of international significance.

‘John McAslan + Partners are delighted to be leading a team dedicated to the comprehensive repair and refurbishment of this architectural masterpiece.

‘By providing a new circulation core we can open up new parts of the gallery to visitors and greatly increase the display area for the collections. Improved accessibility for all, together with a refreshed café and shop, will once again allow the Burrell to shine as one of Glasgow’s most distinctive and enjoyable cultural assets.’

McAslan won the commission earlier this year, ahead of rival bids by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Dixon Jones, Reiach and Hall, Page\Park Architects and Hoskins Architects.

A total of 113 suppliers expressed an interest in the tender for the project management-led architectural and building design team. The winning team also features project manager Gardiner & Theobald and exhibition designer Event Communications.

The Burrell Collection, located in the suburban Pollok Country Park, is recognised as one of Scotland’s finest post-war buildings. The collection includes Chinese art, late Gothic and early Renaissance art, and several paintings by Edgar Degas. 

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  • Looks like it's in good hands, and quite remarkable if such a massive increase in display space can be incorporated within the existing building while retaining its present character.
    And let's hope that the 'refreshed cafe' serves refreshed food - this used to be remarkably banal for such a superb place.

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