National Portrait Gallery pushes plans forwards

The National Portrait Gallery has appointed a number of consultancies to its millennium development project, NPG 2000.

Subsequent changes will be unveiled to the public at an opening ceremony scheduled for May next year.

Meanwhile, former Friends of the Earth head of design Steve Russell is taking up the new position of NPG design manager. He will assume responsibility for all the gallery’s graphics.

The first phase of the NPG 2000 project involves the extensive refurbishment of the gallery shop. Additional changes will include the development of a new basement shop and a Portrait Café as the NPG seeks to capitalise on its Trafalgar Square position as a prime site for tourist visitors to London.

The retail design work will be handled by specialist Four IV.

The NPG restaurant will be refurbished by the lead architect, Dixon Jones Partnership, and commemorative plaques will be developed by Incisive Letterworks.

Interior design consultant Mlinaric, Henry & Zerundachi will work alongside NPG curators and DJP on the refurbishment of the second-floor gallery.

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