3 April 2023

“Projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. Award level schemes demonstrate excellence in architecture or design, whilst being sustainable, accessible and provide a positive civic contribution.”

John McAslan + Partners were architect and landscape designer for the restoration and modernisation of the Grade A listed Burrell Collection, Glasgow, which contains some 9,000 internationally significant medieval, Islamic, Chinese, Egyptian and French Impressionist works of art. The landmark 1983 building and its immediate setting was designed by the Cambridge-educated architect and academic Barry Gasson, and is a seminal British example of architecture with both Modernist and historicist qualities. John McAslan + Partners’ scheme repaired the building’s decayed envelope, markedly improving building services and energy efficiency, and allowing a significantly larger selection of the Collection to be exhibited. The transformation included significant volumetric and layout interventions internally to create new learning spaces, open access storage, special exhibition areas, an updated café and retail facilities. New external landscaped terraces now seamlessly link the museum to the surrounding Pollok Country Park.

Judges’ Comment:
“The redevelopment of this iconic museum is impressive on every level – welcoming, sustainable, uplifting and calm.”


Architect  John McAslan + Partners
Landscape Architect  John McAslan + Partners
Client  Glasgow Life
Structural Engineer  David Narro Associates
Services Engineer  Atelier Ten
Façade Engineering  Arup
Project Manager  Gardiner & Theobald
Cost Consultant  Gardiner & Theobald
Universal Design Consultant  David Bonnett Associates
Exhibition Consultant  Event Communication
Main Contractor  Kier
Acoustic Consultant  Sandy Brown Acoustics