Jamie Fobert Architects Appointed to Transform The National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Jamie Fobert Architects Appointed to Transform The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery has appointed Jamie Fobert Architects to lead its £35.5m transformation following an international selection process.

The National Portrait Gallery has appointed Jamie Fobert Architects to lead its £35.5m transformation following an international selection process.

The London-based practice will deliver the Gallery’s biggest ever development since the building opened in 1896. This includes creating around twenty per cent more public and gallery spaces, all of which will be refurbished and rehung for the first time, enhancing its entrance and creating a state-of-the-art Learning Centre.  

Jamie Fobert Architects’ recent and forthcoming projects include the critically acclaimed extension to Tate St Ives in Cornwall, a new gallery building for Charleston in East Sussex and an extension and reconfiguration of Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery in Cambridge.

Building work on the project, Inspiring People: Transforming our National Portrait Gallery, is scheduled to start in 2020. For the first time in the Gallery’s history there will be a comprehensive re-display of the Collection across all the galleries accompanied by the Gallery’s most extensive programme of activities nationwide.

The Gallery has already embarked on its fundraising and has now secured £21.2m, 60% of its £35.5m fundraising target. With the Heritage Lottery Fund’s support of £9.4m, which includes an initial development grant of £900,000, the Gallery aims to reach its target of £35.5m by March 2019 in order to complete the project by 2022. 

Image on top: The National Portrait Gallery of the United Kingdom in London ©Ham

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