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Tuesday22 August 2017

McAslan scoops Burrell Collection revamp

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McAslan appointed to £66m refurbishment of Scottish gallery

John McAslan & Partners has been appointed by Glasgow council to the £66 million refurbishment of its Burrell Collection.

McAslan will deliver an exhibition and interpretive design across the Burrell’s galleries and will see the biggest overhaul of the museum since it opened 30 years ago.

According to Glasgow council the current grade A-listed building, which was designed by Barry Gasson in 1971 and opened in 1983, is no longer fit for purpose.

The brief is to turn it into an exemplar of sustainability, transforming it from a building with a large carbon footprint into an energy-efficient, modern museum.

The project has so far raised two-thirds of its £66 million fundraising target and has been supported by the city council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the UK government.

The Burrell Collection is an internationally important museum of art and historic objects from around the world which were given to the city by shipping magnate William Burrell in 1944.

Archie Graham, the depute leader of Glasgow council, said: “Sir William’s great gift is of huge cultural importance both at home and abroad and we have a moral duty to protect and promote his outstanding legacy.

“Today’s announcement marks an important milestone for the development of the Burrell Collection, as we work to unlock its great potential.”

John McAslan, executive chairman of John McAslan & Partners, added: “With its distinctive presence and unique blend of artefacts with architecture, we are delighted to be appointed architect and lead designer for this project and to be given the opportunity to work with the Burrell Collection as it becomes an exemplar for a 21st-century museum.”

 

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  • craig wilson

    I like what I see apart from that unfortunate shopping centre conservatory on the most prominent corner!

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  • craig wilson you obviously know and love this building very well. Perhaps you should start a campaign to have the original shopping centre conservatory removed.

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  • shopping centre conservatory is needed as its where money making part of the building is....tea and scones anyone?

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  • craig wilson

    "shopping centre conservatory is needed as its where money making part of the building is"

    Yes but it could have easily been designed with a bit more sympathy to the rest... and could just as easily be adapted to better suit the rest of the building...

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  • The 'shopping centre conservatory' is in fact part of the original building - not a proposed addition! It's the cafe.

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  • @craig wilson

    agreed, from afar it looks a very 'cost-engineered' solution. close up the detailing is terrible....

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  • The detailing of this building is beautiful, the original building (of which the 'shopping centre conservatory' is part) is a magical piece of Architecture, that should be visited. I am sure that McAslan will make a great job of improving the environmental sustainability of the building.
    Its well worth seeking out the competition entries for the original brief to see how clever Barry Gasson is.

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  • @ adrian watson

    Indeed! One of the best post-war buildings in Scotland. Barnabas Calder discusses the various competition entries in an article in the 2012 volume of the C20 Society's journal.

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  • craig wilson you have never heard of this building before have you? you saw the picture and assumed it was a CGI of proposed refurb works. You have never been in it or experienced its interface with the woods behind it or the detailing of its structure. Are you a 'cost-engineered' solution?

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  • #adrian watson,

    oh dear. you think the detailing is beautiful..so that's why it leaks, has solar gain issues and trims are failing barely 30 years after its completion? yeah really beautibroken.
    lets hope McAslan makes the details suitable for GCC 'no maintenance' approach....

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