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Walker Art Gallery, Refurbishment
- Begun: May 2000
- Completed: Oct 2001
- Floor area: 3,000m2
- Sector: Arts and culture
- Total cost: £4.3M
- Tender date: Nov 1999
- Procurement: JCT 98
- Address: William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3 8EL, United Kingdom
- Architect: LDN Architects
- Project architects: Andrew PK Wright, Dermot Patterson, Gordon Pyper, Julie Wilson, Mark Sidgwick, Paul Fear, Richard Webb
- Client: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside
- Quantity surveyor: Rex Proctor and Partners
- Structural engineer: Curtins Consulting Engineers
- Services engineer: DMP Consulting
- Exhibition Lighting Designer: Lighting Design and Technology
- Main contractor: HBG Construction Northwest
Refurbishment of the three main galleries â€“ Bartlett, Audley and Prince George â€“ of a 19th century neo-classical building, which forms part of Liverpool's cultural quarter
The refurbished galleries provide space for travelling exhibitions, delivering the quality of environmental control necessary for a gallery on the international circuit, air conditioned and with controlled lighting throughout.
There is a ground floor gallery on the right as you enter, then a cafe and shop in the main lobby area beyond, plus another newly re-opened craft and design gallery space to the right of the lobby, which is to house some of Liverpoolâ€™s large collection of decorative arts objects. Apart from these ground floor spaces, all the galleries are upstairs.
On reaching the first floor, you pass through two galleries to arrive at the 1933 extension entrance. Within the extension, use is made of the saw-tooth-plan area between the 1884 and 1933 galleries, providing a foyer containing a reception/ticketing area, second shop and small audio-visual area.
This foyer acts as an environmental transition and a modern interlude between sets of galleries of somewhat differing styles. From the foyer area, you enter the small Bartlett gallery, which feeds into the two principal refurbished spaces, the Audley and Prince George galleries.