As BAM flies into Edinburgh
Kier secures Burrell re-fit contract
New look: the Burrell is undergoing a major refurbishment
Kier Construction Scotland has been named the preferred bidder for the main building contract for the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment plans.
The next phase of developing the Glasgow museum will include extensive repairs, creation of an internal access core and refurbishment of the interiors along with external landscaping.
Kier Construction Scotland will start onsite in early summer with procurement for the Burrell’s visitor experience contract taking place later this year.
In a further boost, the Burrell Renaissance has received £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 £66m 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 £15m from the National Lottery.
The museum’s public space will increase by 83% and gallery space 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.
BAM secures airport deal
BAM Construction has been awarded a £10m contract to fit-out the new terminal extension at Edinburgh Airport.
Once complete the three storey terminal building will provide expanded domestic and international arrival facilities including baggage reclaim, border control, additional food/beverage outlets, expanded lounge space and new office accommodation at Scotland’s busiest airport.
At the start of 2017 BAM was appointed to deliver the first phase of the terminal expansion project which forms part of a wider £80m investment in the airport. Work on the project is already well under way with the new terminal building due to open towards the end of this year.