THE transformation of Aberdeen Art Gallery has achieved a major milestone with builders reaching the highest point on the building.
A multi-million pound redevelopment is currently taking place to turn the site into a “modern cultural centre” in the city.
Aberdeen City Council leaders and Lord Provost George Adam joined principal contractors McLaughlin & Harvey at a topping out ceremony to mark the occasion.
The new copper clad rooftop extension, designed by Hoskins Architects, is said to complement the adjacent copper dome of the Remembrance Hall, the highest point in the complex.
The £30 million project, which includes a grant of almost £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is a “complete reimagining” of the existing site.
Aberdeen City Council Leader Jenny Laing said, “Aberdeen Art Gallery has been a major attraction in the city for decades and is much-loved by our residents. But the Schoolhill complex was no longer able to meet the needs and expectations of modern visitors.
“With the Inspiring Art and Music project we are investing to protect and develop Aberdeen’s artistic legacy. It will not only improve the fabric and condition of these much-loved buildings, it will also celebrate the unique qualities of the Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and the Remembrance Hall.
“As we reach this construction milestone we are one step closer to realising our vision for the development and in creating a place where Aberdonians of all ages, can come to see fantastic exhibitions, enjoy lively year-round events programmes and explore the remarkable works of art in our care.”
Work is due to be completed by the end of next year and will see a rise in the number of galleries from 11 to 21, establish a new exhibition space, provide two new education spaces and create a new rooftop gallery.