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The Burrell Collection Refurbishment

Event organised by ICE

09 November 2023

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A presentation by the structural engineer and architect on the Burrell Renaissance project.

The project involved the redevelopment of the Category A listed museum. The works comprised of replacing the building envelope and building services, improving access and circulation, and taking the opportunity to also reinterpret the existing collection. Narro were appointed for both the base build design and the exhibition design, providing both civil and structural design for the project.

This project involved the refurbishment of the Burrell Collection, which is in Pollok Park, South Glasgow. The museum was completed in 1983 to architectural acclaim but has suffered from water ingress issues over the years, which reduced the display areas available. However, a decision was taken in 2015 to refurbish the museum, to completely replace the building envelope and building services, whilst also taking the opportunity to reinterpret the collection and increase the percentage of the collection on display.

The existing building has four primary storeys, including basement, ground Floor, mezzanine and first floor. A small sub-basement is also present.

Since completion the project has gone on to win many awards such as:

  • BCIA Awards 2022 – Cultural & Leisure Project of the Year – winner
  • AJ Architecture Awards 2022 – Cultural Award – winner
  • AJ Architecture Awards 2022 – Heritage – winner
  • AJ Retrofit Awards 2023 – Cultural & Religious Building – winner
  • Museum of the Year 2023 - winner


18:30 - 19:30


19:30 - 20:00

Q&A and discussion


Chris Ravenscroft

Chris Ravenscroft

John McAslan + partners


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Chris Ravenscroft

Chris is an Architect at John McAslan + Partners with experience working across a broad range of cultural, regeneration and conservation projects within the UK and Internationally; many involving the sensitive re-use or adaptation of historic or listed buildings.

Prior to joining JMP, Chris worked for Terry Farrell & Partners where he developed an interest in the integration of buildings within the public realm and urban context; to increase public engagement, optimise commercial opportunity and encourage wider place-making ambition.

He is a member of the RIBA and RIAS and currently leads the Edinburgh Studio.

Ian Downie

Ian Downie


senior associate for structural engineering consultancy

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Ian Downie

He is experienced in the design of a variety of building structures to include museums, churches, bespoke housing and sculptures. Ian has a particular interest in projects involving new build construction behind retained facades. Prior to joining Narro in 2010 Ian had gained considerable experience in multi-storey steel frame design and had also spent a year in New Zealand working on seismic structural design and precast concrete construction.

Ian is full member of both the Institution of Structural Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers and is an Approved Certifier of design under the SER Structural Certification scheme.

For more information please contact:

Lyndsey Pollock