29 March 2022

The Burrell Collection Opens to the Public

Image: Glasgow Life


Today marks the official re-opening of the Burrell Collection. To say we're delighted with the result would be an understatement. We began working on the project back in 2014, taking the project from masterplan stage right through the design and delivery.

We were appointed by Glasgow Life in 2014 to create a vision for a full refresh of the museum. We brought together a consultant team of architects, engineers, access consultants and audience specialists to create a powerful and wide-ranging masterplan. This centred on a bold and ambitious vision - to make The Burrell one of the most accessible fine and decorative arts museum in the world. 

Images: Glasgow Life

We went on to win the contract to design and deliver the exhibitions. Accessibility has been at the heart of our aproach – both in terms of spatial configuration, content and interpretation. We have been able to make over 55% of the collections accessible, compared to just 20% before.

Aesthetics and craftsmanship were key in the design, which responds to the qualities of the original architecture. The redesigned galleries are sustainable and timeless, featuring a new display system that protects the Collection while also providing flexibility to move and reinterpret objects for decades to come.

We have given visitors new opportunities to enjoy the Collection, in harmony with the seminal architecture and natural setting.

Esther Dugdale, Creative Director