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Hoskins’ Aberdeen Art Gallery bags £10 million lottery funding

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Gareth Hoskins Architects proposed £30 million redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery has been handed a further funding boost

The scheme, which had already received £10 million from Aberdeen City Council’s non-housing capital fund has received another £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project, which will increase gallery space at the 1888 Grade A-listed landmark by 50 per cent, won planning permission last autumn.

More than 20 gallery spaces will be created replacing the existing 11, while a community gallery will be added in an extension to the rear of the building.

The project also includes new educational facilities, the upgrading of the 1926 Cowdray Hall to create a performance space, and the renovation of the existing war memorial.

Deputy council leader Marie Boulton, said: ‘The Art Gallery has always evolved over its 130-year history and this latest renewal makes a positive contribution to the building itself and to the wider conservation area. We are adding a modern dimension with high design standards to an outstanding historic building – one which has been supported by Historic Scotland and now by the Heritage Lottery Fund.’

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, added: ‘This historic building will bring the past up-to-date with dynamic displays and contemporary interpretation. It will not only attract more tourists to the area but will benefit the wider community as they explore and enjoy their rich heritage in a gallery of which they can be proud.’

The building work is set to complete in 2017.

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