You can’t but help notice the bright blue hoarding that has been erected around the art gallery declaring to all that York Art Gallery is changing!
Over the past seven weeks Conlon construction have been working on the first stage of the gallery project and have been conducting the enabling works which will allow us to progress to the main contract works in September. The enabling works entail stripping back and getting to know the building. Allowing the architects, engineers, and project team to investigate and assess whether their initial investigations and surveys are correct. It also allows us to look at the building much like blank canvas and get a feel for the space and protect the areas that are specific to the grade II listed building.
Behind the hoarding façade the gallery has changed so much in a matter of weeks. Layers of the gallery are gradually being stripped back to reveal some pretty impressive details such as these magnificent columns in the reception area.
To make way for the huge web of scaffolding that has been erected to gain access to the 1950’s glass ceiling.
Which has now been removed to reveal the true magnificence of the secret gallery.
…not so secret anymore as this will be the Centre for British Studio Ceramics.
The 1950’s block to the rear of the building that used to be the rabbit warren of offices, library and our friendly mess room has also been stripped back to it’s bare bones and has revealed itself to be a huge bright space ready for the changes to take place in the next phase of the redevelopment.
We are on the verge of taking down the little gallery to reveal the view from the reception area to the secret gallery and works will be starting in the archives in July. This will clear the space and make way for the new North wing to the gallery.
Watch this space…