Glasgow City Council will launch a bid to find a project management-led design team for the refurbishment of Barry Gasson Architects’ Burrell Collection building if a funding package is approved later this week
Members of the council’s executive committee are being asked to approve £4.91m in capital spending to pay for development work on the display designs at the building in Pollok Park on the outskirts of Glasgow.
A report to Thursday’s meeting said the overall project was expected to cost between £60 million - £66 million and would see the Category A-listed building retain its current architectural footprint, but include a major overhaul of the roof, building fabric, interior and plant.
City culture and sport body Glasgow Life said the building, which opened in 1983, was in ‘urgent need’ of refurbishment as some of its galleries had already been closed because of the danger of damage to collection objects and paintings as a result of water ingress.
It added that the work would result in expanded display space that would see 90 per cent of the 9,000-item collection on show, a four-fold increase from the current level.
Glasgow Life said that the tenders would be sought for a project management team after the design-development funding package had been approved.
The report to councillors said the plan was to appoint a ‘project management-led design team’ to develop the concepts for the building and the displays.
Councillor Archie Graham, chair of Glasgow Life and depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said the refurbishment plan would result in a better home for William Burrell’s bequest.
‘Sir William devoted more than 75 years of his life amassing one of the world’s finest, single personal collections – and he gave it all to Glasgow,’ he said.
‘We have a moral duty to protect and enhance what is undoubtedly the jewel in our cultural crown by providing a newly refurbished home which is worthy of its world-class status.’
The collection includes a substantial quantity of Chinese art, late gothic and early Renaissance art, historical items associated with royals, and what is described as one of Europe’s finest collections of work by French artist Edgar Degas.