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Hoskins’ Scottish National Gallery plans trimmed to save costs

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Hoskins Architects’ £16.8 million redevelopment of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh has been scaled back due to escalating costs

The gallery announced that its trustees had approved changes to the revamp three months after learning that some construction elements were more complex and expensive than originally predicted.

The main revision to the original proposal sees the removal of a plan to extend the gallery into East Princes Street Gardens by 5m.

A statement from the gallery said that ‘removing this aspect of the construction reduces the cost significantly and also lessens the risks involved in what was an extremely complex engineering problem, extending the building above the main-line railway tunnels’.

The trustees have also decided to reconfigure the display of art within the gallery.

All other elements of the project will go ahead as planned, including new galleries at Gardens level, new circulation routes and new landscaping.

The changes mean that more design work is required and the expected completion date has moved from 2019 to 2020.

National Galleries of Scotland director-general John Leighton said: ‘As with any venture, this project has its fair share of challenges but we are delighted that we can now move forward with plans that maintain our ambition to completely transform the presentation of Scottish art and the experience of visitors to the Scottish National Gallery.’

The gallery said that its aim is to keep as close as possible to the original budget although there will be cost and expenditure implications because of the longer programme and extra design and project requirements.

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