The scheme, which has attracted Heritage Lottery Funding, sees the contractor build a new three-storey concrete frame structure to link a Regency terrace on one side and the Hugh Casson building, constructed in 1989, on the other. Designed by Berman Guedes Stretton, the new in-fill structure is a contemporary addition to the street scene, with extensive curtain walling and solar shading to the southerly elevation. The building will become the main entrance to Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum, as well as providing an additional 139 sq m picture gallery, storage and workshop areas, public archive and study areas and 297 sq m of temporary exhibition and gallery areas set over two floors. The structure will also house the town's tourist information office and incorporates a café with roof terrace. As part of the project, ISG will also refurbish the Hugh Casson building, installing new mechanical and electrical services and form link ways into the new extension. The project is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2012 and the museum and art gallery will re-open to the public by spring 2013.
John Rawlinson, ISG's South West managing director, commented: "The planned redevelopment of Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum has taken significant time, energy and fundraising efforts to reach this stage and we are delighted to be playing a pivotal role in this important regional development. This landmark building will not only enhance public accessibility to the art and museum collections but will also enable Cheltenham to become a key venue for national and international touring exhibitions."