£10 million funding has been approved for a significant update to the Perth Museum and Art Gallery, Scotland.
Perth and Kinross Council have agreed the funds and appointed architects Hoskins to provide the design; BAM Construction to carry out work on the museum and Ogilvie Construction to build a new collection store for the 500, 000 artworks and treasures at Inveralmond.
The project is one of a suite of projects tied in with Perth’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021.
In a statement about the bid, Perth & Kinross Council Leader Ian Miller said, “In our bid we have focussed on the ability to present a world-class cultural programme and the extent to which communities are engaged and gaining long-term benefits. These are two areas where Perth can excel: we have a hugely active cultural community and will be developing outstanding venues in the Theatre, Perth Museum and Art Gallery and City Hall – with our request to loan the Stone of Destiny front and centre of the programme.
“We have had fantastic community support and input, through our community cultural celebration, online and face to face. With past experience of hosting large scale event such as the Ryder Cup, with its successful legacy programme, we know we can pull this off.”
A competition will be launched soon for a design for Perth City Hall.
Image: Perth Museum and Art Gallery