Aidan Turner-Bishop sends news that the Burrell Collection gallery in Glasgow has been upgraded by Historic Scotland to Grade A. It was designed by Barry Gasson and Associates and it opened to the public in 1983. It thus joins the exclusive ranks of British 1980s buildings listed at the highest possible status (A in Scotland; I in England & Wales).
The Burrell is about to close for four years from 2016 for a “major revamp” since, according to Glasgow City Council and ‘Glasgow Life’ the building is ‘not fit for purpose’, as reported by the Evening Times and BBC. Historic Scotland has altered and upgraded the search facility on its Listed Building Record at http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/
Those who are interested in Glasgow’s archicture might want to take a look at a monograph about the architectural history of Glasgow University which has just been published. It’s called Building knowledge: an architectural history of the University of Glasgow by Nick Haynes and costs £19.95 from the University’s Visitor Centre Shop.
The other news from Scotland is that the Scottish Government is planning to merge Historic Scotland with the RCAHMS: http://www.rcahms.gov.uk/news/new-organisation-to-be-non-departmental-public-body. A public consultation is running now, until the end of July, about the Scottish Government’s Historic Environment Strategy, which may be of interest to C20 Society supporters.
Finally, the latest magazine of the National Trust for Scotland has three pages on the architect Sir Robert Lorimer, “the [sometimes so-called] Scottish Lutyens”. His family owned Kellie Castle which is now in the care of the NTS. His son, Hew, the sculptor, had his studio there. Aidan is pleased to see the stirrings of a Lorimer revival, and looks forward to seeing Lorimer tea towels in NTS gift shops.