Planning application lodged for Edinburgh Fruitmarket Gallery revamp
New images of the planned refurbishment of Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery have been revealed as the proposals are lodged with the local authority.
Under the plans, the existing gallery building at 45 Market Street will be revamped and the adjacent warehouse building at 36–39 Market Street will be converted into new space for culture.
Appointed to lead the project back in November, Reiach and Hall Architects said the proposals work with the industrial qualities and directness of the existing steel frame, brick walls and timber floor of the new warehouse. The project will create a double height space that offers fresh opportunities for artist-led installations, performance and multi artform collaboration.
The renovation of the current Fruitmarket space prioritises accessibility and general fabric upgrading to ensure the building remains fit for the showing of the very best visual art. The project also creates much-needed, dedicated spaces for engagement, as well as back of house, workshop and storage facilities.
The Fruitmarket Gallery will close for refurbishment in July 2019 and open again in 2020. During this time the Fruitmarket will be working with artists out in the community and offsite.
Fiona Bradley, director of The Fruitmarket Gallery, said: “This project has opportunities for artists and audiences at its heart. It delivers an inspirational new space for creative, collaborative working and renovates the Fruitmarket’s existing spaces, ensuring that we can continue to operate at the forefront of contemporary culture for decades to come.”
Neil Gillespie, director, Reiach and Hall Architects, added: “The new warehouse spaces are designed enter into a critical and dynamic dialogue with the original galleries. As an ensemble, they offer artists, curators and audiences remarkable, contrasting and complementary spaces.”