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Hoskins selected for £10m Perth museum regeneration

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Hoskins Architects has won the competition for a £10 million regeneration of the Perth Museum and Art Gallery in Scotland

The Glasgow practice was chosen ahead of a shortlist understood to have included Richard Murphy Architects and Austin-Smith:Lord to win the Perth and Kinross Council-backed contract, which was tendered through the Hub East Central supply chain.

The project will upgrade the Perth Museum and Art Gallery as part of the historic city’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021.

The appointment comes five years after the practice completed an overhaul of the prestigious National Museum of Scotland and three years after it won a contest to upgrade the Scottish National Gallery, both in Edinburgh.

The studio is also working on a £10 million renovation of the Aberdeen Art Gallery, which is due to complete this year.

Designed by David Morison, the Perth Museum and Art Gallery opened in 1824 and is thought to be one of the UK’s oldest purpose-built museums. A competition-winning extension by Smart Stewart Mitchell was completed in 1935.

The redevelopment – to be delivered by BAM Construction – will bring standards inside the historic Category B-listed museum up to the level of the National Museum of Scotland.

A separate £3 million collection store to house 450,000 items will also be delivered by Ogilvie Construction elsewhere in the city.

Hoskins Architects project director Chris Coleman-Smith said: ‘We are delighted to be working with Perth and Kinross Council and East Central Hub as a part of the UK City of Culture bid in 2021.

The redevelopment [will] significantly transform the visitor experience

‘The redevelopment of Perth Museum and Art Gallery and new collection storage building gives an opportunity to increase access to the collection, address issues within the existing building, and significantly transform the visitor experience.’

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross said: ‘The multi-million pound transformation of Perth Museum and Art Gallery will create the modern museum experience expected by the general public, allow Culture Perth and Kinross to showcase a much larger portion of Perth’s incredible collections, and attract more big-name touring exhibitions.’

Work will start in late 2018 or early 2019 and the museum will be temporarily closed to the public.

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