Work has begun on the £30million redevelopment of Aberdeen 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.
Curtis Moore is delighted to have been instructed by main contractors McLaughlin & Harvey to complete the Fibre C cladding works on the Victorian building and new structure which is set to re-open at the end of 2017.
Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said she believes it will create a gallery which is one of the “finest in the world.”
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 new performance space.
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.
Plans for the exterior 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.
Andrew Devlin, Managing Director at Curtis Moore, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this prestigious contract and look forward to restore and improve this much loved facility for the city of Aberdeen.”
You can watch a video of the project work underway here:
[Video Credit: Aberdeen Evening Express]