£35.5m refurb will increase gallery space and improve facilities for visitors

National Portrait Gallery

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The front entrance of the National Portrait Gallery

Jamie Fobert Architects and Purcell has won the £35.5m job to refurbish the National Portrait Gallery.

The job to reburbish the Victorian building will be led by Fobert and includes heritage architect Purcell, M&E engineer Max Fordham and structural engineer Price & Myers.

Work includes increasing gallery and public visitor space in by 20%, improving the entrance and creating a learning resource centre. The project will also include rehanging the gallery’s collection of portraits.

Fobert has extensive experience of gallery work, recent jobs include a new extension to the Tate St Ives and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

The National Portrait Gallery said it had raised £21.2m, 60% of its £35.5m fundraising target and aimed to reach its target of £35.5m by March 2019 to enable it to complete the project by 2022.

The National Portrait Gallery’s current home was designed by Ewan Christian and opened in 1896. It has been extended twice, initially in the 1930s with a wing designed by Sir Richard Allison, and most recently Dixon Jones’ Ondaatje Wing, which opened in 2000.