The £3.8m HLF funded project involved the complete refurbishment of five individual gallery spaces, the formation of a new learning and teaching space for visiting school parties, an archive store for sensitive and valuable artworks and associated office and administrative facilities for the Gallery.
The Hatton Gallery is the permanent home of Kurt Schwitter’s famous Merz Barn sculpture, which has very particular environmental control requirements.
Three of the other four galleries were also to be provided with close control of their internal environments to enable the display of loan materials from national and international institutions.
New central plant was designed by TGA, carefully integrated into the historic building structure and integrated with localised close control systems which, themselves needed to be carefully sited to fit in the aesthetics of the galleries, control noise within acceptable limits and yet reliably deliver the required performance.
All of the galleries were provided with high efficiency LED lighting and all systems where integrated inot the wider services infrastructure within the Fine Arts Building. The galleries were subject to a careful and detailed commissioning process following which they have been used to host a series of significant exhibits.