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Page\Park unveils revamped Scottish National Portrait Gallery

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Page\Park Architects has taken the wraps off this £17.6 million project to overhaul the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh

The restoration of the 120-year-old Robert Rowand Anderson-designed building included the creation of a new exhibition space dedicated to dedicated to Scottish and international photography.

The project also opened up previously inaccessible areas in the building, restored some original features and increased public space by 60 per cent. 

The ground floor was re-modelled to aid circulation and a new education suite, seminar room, studio space, cafe and shop were created.

Alex Salmond, first minister of Scotland, said: ‘All aspects of Scottish life and achievement are encapsulated in the many artworks which will now be displayed to their utmost as part of this ambitious £17.6m restoration project.

‘The improvements to the magnificent building will allow visitors to experience much of what architect Sir Robert Rowand Anderson envisaged in his original design as it continues to showcase Scotland’s greatest asset – its people.’

The new free-to-enter gallery is expected to run on 42 per cent less following the restoration.

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