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Fermacell boards are being installed on the AberdeenArt Gallery redevelopment project.

Some 14,000m2of gypsum fibreboard from Fermacell is currently being installed on the £30million redevelopmentof Aberdeen Art Gallery.

The square-edgedboards are being used throughout to dry-line the “Inspiring art and music”project - a major redevelopment by Hoskins Architects of the Grade A listed gallery,Cowdray Hall and Memorial Hall complex into a 21st Century venue forart and music.

The 6,000m2redevelopment will see the transformation of the three buildings throughsignificant investment in their fabric, new exhibition and display galleries,and improved facilities for visitors.

Beinginstalled by specialist sub-contractor DBM Building Contractors for maincontractor McLaughlin & Harvey, the fermacell boards will help bring thegallery into the 21st Century as large paintings and objects up to 50kg percavity fixing and 30kg per screw can be hung from them without recourse topattressing. This process is time consuming and more expensive in terms ofmaterials and labour. The fermacell boards are also manufactured from recycledmaterials and are wholly recyclable in themselves, helping towards BREEAMratings.

The project involvesnew educational facilities to create opportunities for all to learn more aboutthe arts and the planned sensitive upgrading of Cowdray Hall to create a newperformance space. The Memorial Hall will also be carefully treated to reflectboth its role as a space for quiet contemplation and as a civic space to honourthe sacrifices made on behalf of the community.

Interior plans includethe creation of 21 gallery spaces in place of the existing 11,500m2space in which to showcase international-quality exhibitions and a communitygallery in a new wing at the rear of the building. Exterior plans involveremoving the pitched roofs and skylights behind the parapets of the mainbuilding and adding a new storey of accommodation for temporary galleries and alearning zone.

Hoskins Architectswon the national competition to redevelopment and expand the complex which hasa significant presence within the city and houses an exceptional collection,particularly of Scottish colourists and contemporary artists. Their proposalsinclude the new copper-clad rooftop extension which acts as a symbol for thegallery's rejuvenation and creates a striking presence for the gallery withinthe city.

Designed as a newsculptural element in response to the proportions of the existing frontage, theextension achieves the city council's ambitions to create a world-class venuefor art and music. The extension makes use of the outdoor rooftop terraces byoffering spectacular views across Aberdeen.

The space contains asuite of new environmentally-controlled temporary galleries as well asmuch-needed learning and event spaces, providing bold new interiors that will engageand inspire visitors. These new spaces provide the gallery with the ability toaccommodate large international touring exhibitions with their associatededucation and corporate events.

Aberdeen CityCouncil's deputy leader Cllr Marie Boulton said: "This is aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity to achieve something really special for Aberdeenand by rejuvenating and improving these much-loved buildings we will create aworld-class cultural centre which will celebrate art and music for all."

The buildings willreopen in 2017.


Image:Hoskins Architects.

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