Burrell Collection building refurbishment gains planning permission
While it would have been a rather odd result, it is nice to see that plans for the £66 million refurbishment of the Burrell Collection building and display areas have gained official planning permission.
Planning permission has been granted for a major refurbishment of the Burrell collection museum in Glasgow.
The £66m project to upgrade the building and provide more display space also received listed building consent.
Glasgow City Council recently approved funding of up to £27.3m towards the cost of the refurbishment.
The Burrell collection has more than 8,000 artefacts, but fewer than a fifth of them have been on show at any one time.
In April 2015, the council provided £5.7m to kick-start the building’s revamp, which houses treasures donated to the city by collector Sir William Burrell in 1944.
While the building will receive a much-needed upgrade to its structure and services, the greatest benefit for the visitor has to be the release and creation of a vast amount of exhibition space – so much of the large collection was formerly locked away in storage, but will be able to brought out and placed on display – the old space only allowed 20% of the collection to be on show at any one time:
When it re-opens to visitors in 2020, the basement of the Category A listed building will become part of the exhibition space, so that 90% of the objects can be viewed by the public.
A dedicated space will also be created for special exhibitions and offices will be converted into galleries.
Now, there only seem to be two problems for me… one, to make it to 2020, and the second, to work out a reasonable means of getting to the Burrell from my hovel in the east end of Glasgow. Banished to public transport, I can’t see a direct route and the various bus and train combination I can find seem to need the patience of a saint to follow, and take forever.
Maybe I should buy a new bike, and make up a flask and sandwiches.
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