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McAslan poised for £66m Burrell Collection win

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John McAslan + Partners is set to be appointed to the prized project to refurbish Glasgow’s Grade A-listed Burrell Collection

Along with construction firm Gardiner & Thebald, the practice is part of an architectural and building design team selected as preferred bidder for the much-anticipated revamp of the 1983 museum and art gallery.

The bid was chosen ahead of submissions by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Dixon Jones, Reiach and Hall, Page\Park Architects and Hoskins Architects.

Glasgow City Council’s executive committee is expected to rubberstamp the appointment of the team to the project next week.

The refurbishment, costing an estimated £60million-£66million, will see the fabric of the building repaired and conserved.

Shortlist in full

  • Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands with Buro Four
  • Dixon Jones with Doig + Smith
  • John McAslan + Partners with Gardiner & Theobald 
  • Reiach and Hall with Mace
  • Page\Park Architects with Mott MacDonald
  • Hoskins Architects with Turner & Townsend

In addition, the project will open up the museum’s basement stores for the first time, and create a new learning centre plus landscaping works.

A total of 113 suppliers expressed an interest in the tender for the project management led architectural and building design team.

Planned to complete in 2020, the project will restore the landmark Barry Gasson, John Meunier and Brit Andresen-designed building which currently suffers from water ingress.Floor space inside the L-shaped 1983 building will also be increased four times, allowing 90 per cent of the museum’s 9,000-item collection to be displayed.

Located in the suburban Pollok Country Park, the museum houses the collection of William Burrell who was a wealthy Glaswegian shipping magnate and art collector.

Recognised as one of Scotland’s finest post-war buildings, the Burrell Collection hosts Chinese art, late gothic and early Renaissance art, and several paintings by French artist Edgar Degas.

The museum remains open until October, when work on the refurbishment will begin.

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