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Aberdeen Art Gallery Renewal

Major Renewal Project in Northeast Scotland design by Gareth Hoskins Architects

23 Jul 2015

Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects

The Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment project has been created by award-winning designers Hoskins Architects, based in Glasgow. This building has a beautiful, light interior: I visited many times whilst at school, playing in piano competitions in the adjacent Cowdray Hall or visiting the gallery shows such as an excellent exhibition on Miro.

Aberdeen Art Gallery Building Redevelopment

The generous atrium water feature suffused the space with calm, a bit like the much-loved fish pools in the Royal Museum of Edinburgh which sadly disappeared in the redevelopment by the same architects, GHA. Hopefully this delightful pool of water can reman as a focus, no doubt this talented architecture practice will leave the space better than how they found it – Ed. Adrian Welch, architect.

Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment gets under way

The keys to Aberdeen Art Gallery have been formally handed over to contractors McLaughlin and Harvey of Belfast with work now under way on the £30 million redevelopment.

Inspiring Art and Music will see the transformation of the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Memorial Hall through significant investment in the fabric of the buildings, new exhibition and display galleries and improved facilities for visitors.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant of almost £10million has been awarded for the ambitious Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment programme.

Aberdeen Art Gallery atrium
photo : Mike Davidson, Positive Image

Aberdeen City Council has already committed £10million from its Non-Housing Capital Fund towards the overall cost of the project, and there will be a public and philanthropic fundraising campaign for the remaining £10million required.

The project involves new educational facilities to create opportunities for all to learn more about the arts, and the planned sensitive upgrading of the Cowdray Hall will create a fine new performance space for audiences and performers.

The Memorial Hall will also be carefully treated to reflect both its role as a space for quiet contemplation and as a civic space to honour the sacrifices made on behalf of the community.

The programme for the construction and fit-out works to the Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall will enable the buildings to re-open in 2017.

Interior plans include the creation of 21 gallery spaces in place of the existing 11,500 sqm space in which to showcase international-quality exhibitions, and a community gallery in a new wing at the rear of the building. Exterior plans involve removing the pitched roofs and skylights behind the parapets of the main building and adding a new storey of accommodation for temporary galleries and a learning zone.

The design for the multi-million pound redevelopment project has been created by awarding-winning designers Hoskins Architects, based in Glasgow.

Aberdeen Art Gallery building atrium
photo : Mike Davidson, Positive Image

Aberdeen City Council’s Deputy Leader Councillor Marie Boulton said: “The formal hand over of Aberdeen Art Gallery’s keys to contractors McLaughlin and Harvey of Belfast is a key milestone in this multi-million pound redevelopment project.

“Through significant investment in the fabric of the buildings we will have new exhibition and display galleries and improved facilities for visitors. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve something really special for Aberdeen and by rejuvenating and improving these much-loved buildings, we will create a world-class cultural centre which will celebrate art and music for all.”

Michael Kieran, Director, McLaughlin and Harvey of Belfast, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and look forward to working closely with the Design Team and Aberdeen City Council to restore and improve this facility. The finished building will provide the city with an Art Gallery that will rank amongst the best in its class.”

Aberdeen Art Gallery interior
building interior image from architect

During the building work at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Cowdray Hall there will be a continuing programme of art and music at Aberdeen Maritime Museum and The Tolbooth Museum. Collections will also be seen at other venues in the city and shire and will go on loan to other organisations in the UK and abroad.

The construction of a Museums Collections Centre in the Northfield regeneration area is also under way which will allow art works and historical objects to be stored during the Aberdeen Art Gallery redevelopment project.

Aberdeen Art Gallery Renewal design : Gareth Hoskins Architects

Set up in 1998, Gareth Hoskins Architects – architects for the Aberdeen Art Gallery Renewal – is recognised as one of the leading architectural practices in the UK. This architecture practice has worked on a wide range of prominent projects ranging from the new Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre to the Scottish Pavilion for the Scottish Government at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice.

This Scottish architectural practice’s engaged approach and the creative design solutions that come out of this have been recognised through a series of international exhibitions and awards. In 2006 the practice were the first Scottish practice to be named as UK Architects of the Year and this year were named as Architectural Practice of the Year at the Scottish Design Awards.

To learn more about the project, which is due to be completed in winter 2017, visit the project blog atwww.inspiringartandmusic.tumblr.com

Hoskins Architects tumblr blog post on the redevelopment: hoskinsarchitects.tumblr.com

17 Nov 2009

Aberdeen Art Gallery Building Renewal by Gareth Hoskins

Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects

Aberdeen Art Gallery design Aberdeen Art Gallery diagram
image courtesy of architects practice

Aberdeen Art Gallery Renewal

The £20m Aberdeen Art Gallery Building project, part funded by the McBey Trust, includes the reconfiguration of the existing Gallery and Cowdray Hall to provide improved access, circulation and facilities.

Aberdeen Art Gallery Redevelopment Study

Award winning architects have designs on art gallery Award-winning architects Gareth Hoskins Architects of Glasgow have been chosen to create a design study to ensure Aberdeen Art Gallery is fit for purpose for the 21st century. Today’s announcement marks the first stage in an exciting project to modernise and enhance Aberdeen Art Gallery as it celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2010. The firm’s clients include the Victoria & Albert Museum, The National Trust for Scotland and the National Museums of Scotland.

Aberdeen Art Gallery exterior
photo : Mike Davidson, Positive Image

Aberdeen Art Gallery
photo © Adrian Welch

Aberdeen Art Gallery Redevelopment information from Aberdeen City Council

Aberdeen Art Gallery Address

Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FQ

Contact Aberdeen Art Gallery: +44 (0) 1224 523700

Admission free

Aberdeen Art Gallery Opening hours Tue – Sat 10am – 5pm Sun 2pm – 5pm Closed Mon
(Please always check with the operator)

Location: Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill, Aberdeen, AB10 1FQ, Scotland, UK
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Date built: 1925
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