Approval on Redman Design’s £1m proposals for interiors and graphics for the £25m revamp of Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum and Art Galleries is expected this week from the city’s council.
Redman will be formally handed the approved contract to redesign the museum’s interiors if a Heritage Lottery funding bid is given the green light. A decision on the £12.5m funding bid is expected at the end of January.
If it goes ahead, the so-called ‘new century project’ will involve the redesign of over 20 galleries, as well as display material, and the creation of temporary exhibition galleries, shops and a restaurant.
Redman will collaborate with the museum’s in-house design team, a museum spokeswoman says.
It is understood the museum, which claims to be the most visited outside London, is also looking to open up its basement to further expand its exhibition space.
Additional design work at the museum, including installations, will be up for grabs later this year, the spokeswoman says.
The Kelvingrove brand identity will remain unchanged, she adds, because the museum is part of Glasgow City Council and the two brands are intrinsically linked.
Redman will be lead consultancy for interiors, signage and graphic design. ‘Our challenge is to find the most effective way to connect the exhibits with the widest possible audience [by] introducing new techniques and technologies,’ says partner John Redman.
The consultancy won an unpaid credentials and creative pitch against Casson Mann, Event Communications, MKW, Richard Fowler Associates, Reich & Petch, Brennan and Whalley and Ralph Appelbaum Associates UK. They were selected from 14 consultancies that tendered.
Glasgow City Council was due to meet to ratify Redman’s proposals as Design Week went to press.