New Kirkcudbright gallery costs go over budget
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”.