New completion date

National Galleries extension delayed for two years

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Completion of rebuilding work at the Scottish National Gallery has been further delayed until the end of 2022 and is likely to push up the cost of the project.

The latest phase is already nearly four years late and under a revised timetable was due to open early next year. The current budget of £22m also exceeds the initial cost projection of £16.8m.

Building defects in the 1970s building beneath the gallery were discovered in February, including damp penetration and inadequate drainage in and around the site.

A commitment was made to address these issues to ensure the building is fully protected and safeguarded for the future.  

Lockdown restrictions have added to the slower pace of progress to create a new space for the collection of Scottish art.

Scottish National Gallery

New look for galleries

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.

Director-General of the National Galleries of Scotland, Sir John Leighton, said:  “We always knew that the Scottish National Gallery Project would be a complex endeavour, but that never diminished our desire to deliver the new space that our visitors deserve.

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