Plans in for Bruton art gallery
Laplace & Co working on Hauser & Wirth gallery
Plans for a new art gallery in Somerset by French architect Laplace & Co have gone in to the local council.
The centre will be run by Swiss gallery Hauser & Wirth which already has premises in Zurich and London with a third due to open in New York early next year.
The latest gallery is planned for a derelict farm in Bruton (pictured) close to where Hauser & Wirth co-founder Iwan Wirth owns a house.
Last month, South Somerset Council gave the green light for refurbishment work to be carried out on a number of grade II listed buildings at the farm, called Durslade Farm, but the wider scheme is still awaiting approval.
Hauser & Wirth wants the new gallery to open by the middle of 2014 and is expecting up to 40,000 visitors a year. Among the artists expected to feature are works by Henry Moore, Turner Prize winner Martin Creed and Louise Bourgeois.
Restoration architect, Somerset-based Benjamin & Beauchamp, is also working on the scheme.