This is a challenging project, as the existing Gallery must be kept operational, while the building is expanded and completely renovated.

Our solution is to ‘wrap the building in new clothes’. The existing footprint stays and new galleries, common, presentation, classroom, cafeteria, retail, secure storage and administration areas are either added, or expanded in their existing locations. The wrap around constriction method always allows access to the building during construction and easily expands spaces around the periphery. Galleries can therefore be expanded and new ones formed, to allow a continuum of exhibits, from local to international in stature.

One extremely import aspect of the functional programme is to expand upon the collections storage area, as the Gallery has a significant archive of works requiring environmentally stable and secure storage.