John McAslan + Partners has won planning permission for a £66 million regeneration of Glasgow’s Category A-listed Burrell Collection
The 1983 building was designed by Barry Gasson, John Meunier and Brit Andresen, and has been suffering from water ingress. The restoration will bring about a fourfold increase in the L-shaped building’s floor space, allowing 90 per cent of the museum’s 9,000-item collection to be displayed.
The project will open up the museum’s lower ground floor stores for the first time, and create a learning centre, landscaping works, a ground-floor entrance to the café and improved retail facilities. It is expected to complete in 2020.
The Burrell Collection, which is located in the suburban Pollok Country Park, is recognised as one of Scotland’s finest post-war buildings. The collection includes Chinese art, late Gothic and early Renaissance art, and several paintings by Edgar Degas.
John McAslan + Partners executive chairman John McAslan commented: ‘The Burrell Collection’s ambitious plans have taken a major step forward. We are delighted approval has been granted for the renaissance of the Burrell.
‘The scheme has been shaped by the need to address the strains on the current building, by a need to respond to the works held in the collection, and by a desire to contribute further to the Burrell’s unique setting of Pollok Country Park. This decision will ensure the Burrell Collection maintains its strong significance within Scotland and internationally.’
McAslan won the commission last year, ahead of rival bids by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Dixon Jones, Reiach and Hall, Page\Park Architects and Hoskins Architects.
A total of 113 suppliers expressed an interest in the tender for the project management-led architectural and building design team. The winning team also features project manager Gardiner & Theobald and exhibition designer Event Communications.