New Kirkcud­bright gallery costs go over budget

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

Build­ing Kirkcud­bright’s new art gallery is set to cost nearly £250,000 more than ex­pected.

Un­fore­seen re­pairs, ex­tra se­cu­rity and the need to meet fire reg­u­la­tions are among the rea­sons be­hind the over­spend on trans­form­ing the old town hall.

A re­port for to­day’s meet­ing of the com­mu­ni­ties com­mit­tee re­veals that as of mid Au­gust, the“net ex­pen­di­ture”on the devel­op­ment was ex­pected to be £3.731 mil­lion – an over­spend of £247,000 or six per cent of the budget.

Civic and lo­cal ser­vices boss Harry Thom­son notes:“The as­so­ci­ated ad­di­tional works were nec­es­sary to se­cure a fa­cil­ity which re­flects the cur­rent high­est stan­dards of safety and se­cu­rity for the col­lec­tions and ex­hi­bi­tions to be housed in the gallery, and for cus­tomer safety.”

He added that of­fi­cials were work­ing to seek re­duc­tions in costs claimed through the project ar­chi­tect in a bid to re­duce the over­spend.

A fur­ther up­date is ex­pected to be pre­sented to elected mem­bers in Novem­ber.

Coun­cil­lors will also be told that there have been more than 20,000 vis­i­tors to the gallery since it opened its doors in June with the business plan based on 40,000 an­nu­ally.

MrThom­son said:“The build­ing has been widely praised for its qual­ity of fin­ish, and the use of light and some mod­ern tech­niques with an over­all de­sign which is very sym­pa­thetic to the her­itage fea­tures of the orig­i­nal build­ing.”

He added that the cafe has been well re­ceived“in terms of both qual­ity of food and ser­vice”.

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