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Boost for Burrell Refurbishment as Kier Named Preferred Bidder

18 January 2018 / by The Burrell Collection (author) / Glasgow
Photograph courtesy of JMP. (photo: JMP)
Photograph courtesy of JMP. / (photo: JMP)

Glasgow City Council’s Contracts and Property Committee has confirmed Kier Construction Scotland as the preferred bidder to deliver the Main Building Contract to take forward the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment plans.


The appointment marks the next phase which will see the sensitive repair of the building envelope, renewal of the building services, creation of a new internal access core and refurbishment of the museum’s interiors along with external landscaping. Kier Construction Scotland is set to start onsite at the Burrell early summer 2018 with procurement for the Burrell’s visitor experience contract taking place later this year.


In a further boost to the museum’s refurbishment, the Burrell Renaissance has received an additional £1.4 million funding from four major supporters. The Wolfson Foundation and The Headley Trust have each pledged £500,000. The Gannochy Trust has pledged £250,000 and The Taylor Family Foundation has pledged £150,000.


The cost of the project is estimated at £66 million with Glasgow City Council agreeing to fund up to 50% of the overall project cost.  Support of the project has been overwhelming with over 94% of the estimated project costs now raised including £15million from the National Lottery.


Plans for the refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell will see the museum’s public space increase by 83% and gallery space increase by 35% with store rooms on the lower ground floor open to the public for the first time. As well as improved facilities including café and retail opportunities, landscaped terraces will link the museum to its parkland setting, enhancing the visitor experience.


A re-interpretation of treasures of the Collection will also tell much more of a story about their importance and how they were collected, with an increase in artworks on display across the museum’s collections.


Chair of Glasgow Life, and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, Councillor David McDonald, said: “The refurbishment of the Burrell Collection will unlock the great potential of Sir William’s incredible gift to the city and the appointment of Keir Construction as the main contractor is a significant milestone. We are protecting and enhancing the Collection for the current and future generations – and creating a home for these treasures which, in its location at the heart of Pollok Country Park, is nothing short of exceptional.”


Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland said: “It’s an honour to be working with Glasgow Life in the restoration of the home of the Burrell Collection - a national treasure for Scotland.

“We have a solid record of successfully working on major heritage projects of this scale, including the restoration of The Mackintosh building at Glasgow School of Art and the refurbishment of Edinburgh College of Art and Aberdeen Music Hall.  We are committed to working closely with the local supply chain to help create a range of diverse employment and training opportunities and provide opportunity throughout the life of the project to help increase footfall in Pollok Park during the construction period as we deliver this important project.”


On the announcement of an additional £1.4 million in funding for the project, Chair of Burrell Renaissance, Sir Angus Grossart, said, “We are grateful for the support of those who have committed so generously to the Burrell Renaissance, including The Wolfson Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Gannochy Trust and The Taylor Family Foundation. That significant support reinforces our ambition to ensure that Sir William’s legacy will have a physical context and the international engagement that his great collection deserves.”


About Kier Construction Scotland

Kier Construction Scotland is part of the Kier Group – a FTSE 250-quoted company and a leading integrated property, residential, construction and services group. Kier Construction Scotland has provided a high quality service to clients throughout Scotland for over 40 years, exceeding expectations by helping clients get the most from their budgets with the highest possible build quality. With offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, Kier Construction has a strong presence across Scotland and continues to develop in the region, with an increase in the breadth and depth of core skills being provided to its ever-growing client base. Example projects recently completed or currently underway, include: Glasgow School of Art, Mackintosh Building (Grade A-Listed), Marr College (Grade B-Listed) in South Ayrshire, Edinburgh College of Art (Grade A-Listed) and Music Hall, Aberdeen Performing Arts (Grade A-Listed).


About The Heritage Lottery Fund

HLF’s award of £15 million includes a grant of £1 million awarded to the Burrell Collection for the development stage of the project in May 2015. Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk.  Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use #HLFsupported and #NationalLottery.

The Wolfson Foundation

The Wolfson Foundation (www.wolfson.org.uk) is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence in the fields of science, health, education and the arts and humanities. Over £800 million (£1.7 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 10,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review. Established in 1955, the Wolfson Foundation celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015.


The Headley Trust

The Headley Trust is one of the seventeen Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. In November 2017, the trustees awarded £500,000 towards the redevelopment of the Burrell Collection. 


The Gannochy Trust

The Gannochy Trust (www.gannochytrust.org.uk) was established by Arthur Kinmond Bell in 1937 for charitable and public purposes.  The charitable objectives of the Trust are to provide grants to charities across Scotland with a preference for Perth and its environs.  Over the past year, the Trust has approved new grants and commitments totalling £3,361,250 to 134 projects and organisations. 


The Taylor Family Foundation

The Taylor Family Foundation was set up in 2007 by Ian and Cristina Taylor. The Foundation supports charities giving opportunities to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and difficult circumstances, to improve their chances of attaining success and to leading fulfilling lives.



The Burrell Collection


The Burrell Collection

The Burrell Collection is housed in an award-winning building in the heart of Pollok Country Park. The collection is named after its donor, the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell. The Burrell Collection is closed for refurbishment until 2020. Learn more at www.visitscotland.com

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