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The Burrell Collection

John McAslan + Partners was appointed to develop a masterplan which would enhance the celebrated Burrell Collection, with its spectacular setting in Pollok Park. Completed in 1983, the Burrell's vast collection of art and artefacts is world-renowned.  However, in recent years the Museum's attendances have been declining year on year and the aim of this project was to develop a long-term strategy to address and reverse this position, returning the Burrell to its pre-eminent position as a world-class cultural institution.

In September 2017, Heritage Lottery Fund’s UK Board announced support of £15 million for the refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection.

The funding marks a key milestone for the Burrell Collection which will see the museum and its Collection – regarded as one of the greatest, single personal collections in the world, undergo a refurbishment of the building and redisplay of almost 9,000 objects.

By optimising spaces and visitor circulation throughout the museum, the innovative scheme will open up all three floors of the building whilst protecting and enhancing the 1983 Grade A listed building's architectural integrity. With the Heritage Lottery Fund’s support, flexible displays for the rotation of artworks and new spaces for temporary exhibitions will allow much more of the collection to be displayed, giving visitors real insight into the breadth and depth of Sir William’s great gift. The entire Collection will be accessible digitally, collection stores will open to the public for the first time, and a new dedicated space for special exhibitions will be created.By capitalising on the Burrell’s unique park setting, landscaped terraces will also connect the museum to the stunning surroundings of Pollok Country Park.

The refurbishment will also repair the fabric of the building, improving its sustainability, transforming it from a building with a large carbon footprint into an energy-efficient, modern

The Burrell Collection is an example of the city’s far-sighted cultural and tourism offer. The cost of the project is estimated at £66 million with Glasgow City Council agreeing to fund up to 50 per cent of the overall project cost.  With secured and pledged income from over 100 different supporters, the Burrell Renaissance has raised over 80% of the project costs to date.

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor David McDonald, said: “I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for its endorsement of the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment and redisplay.

“The Heritage Lottery Fund has supported the development of Glasgow Museums for almost two decades and its significant investment has played a vital role in the success and growth of the city’s cultural offer. With HLF’s support and commitment, the Burrell Collection is once again a catalyst for change, driving regeneration of the historic and cultural heritage of Pollok Country Park, greatly enhancing the wider cultural offer Southside of Glasgow and playing an important role in the city’s growing tourism by contributing to the economic impact tourism brings to the city.”

Lucy Casot, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund, Scotland, said:“The Burrell Collection is one of the greatest gifts ever given to a city. Thanks to National Lottery players, HLF’s support will connect the collections and their stories to audiences, maximise accessibility within the museum and to Pollok Country Park, and ensure the sustainability of the museum. Of crucial importance, the funding will ensure that the collection gifted to the City of Glasgow will be safeguarded for generations to come.”

Sir Angus Grossart, Chair of Burrell Renaissance, said: “The Heritage Lottery Fund’s decision to support the renaissance of the Burrell Collection is a ringing endorsement of our plans to unlock the great potential of Sir William’s gift. It is crucial that we provide a home worthy of this incredible collection and its influence. We would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for their support which will enable us to display Sir William’s collection within the international context it so deserves.”

John McAslan, Executive Chairman of John McAslan + Partners, said: “We are delighted with today’s announcement which supports plans to breathe new life into the Burrell Collection so that it can continue to inspire local, national and international visitors for many years to come.”

James Alexander, Chief Executive of Event Communications, said, “We are very grateful to The National Lottery for its support in securing a sustainable future for this unique building and collection. This resounding endorsement will enable us to create an accessible and enhanced visitor experience that will appeal to many audiences.”

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  • Sector

    Masterplan, Culture

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Client

    The Burrell Collection

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  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Masterplanners

  • Status

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