Opening pushed back

National Galleries project delayed by ‘unexpected defects’

Scottish National Gallery

The new gallery will not be fully open until the end of next year

A £22 million project to revamp the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh will be further delayed after “unexpected defects” were discovered in the building.

A need to remove asbestos and resolve damp penetration, found in a 1970s extension, will push back the opening of the remodelled building into late next year.

The first phase of the project to build a new gallery for the collection of Scottish art was completed last year with a new entrance level with East Princes Street Gardens, a refurbished café, restaurant and shop, and new landscaping and paths in East Princes Street Gardens.

However, work on the next phase, already three years late, is now forecast to open early next year. The work will also exceed the initial cost projection of £16.8m.

The project was delayed for several months in March 2017 after the National Galleries of Scotland announced that some aspects of the construction, namely the proposal to build out by an additional five metres into East Princes Street Gardens, were more complex and expensive than originally anticipated.

A revised scheme for the development unveiled two months later scrapped the extension into East Princes Street Gardens and pushed back the entire project a year for further design work.

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