Purcell are delighted to hear that the National Portrait Gallery has secured funding towards a significant transformation of their London site. The designs by Jamie Fobert Architects, working in partnership with Purcell will see the gallery’s biggest ever development since the building in St Martin’s Place opened in 1896.

The gallery has received a full grant of £9.4 million from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for Inspiring People. The gallery’s successful round two application for a grant of £8.5 million follows initial development funding of £900,000 awarded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund in 2017 to enable the gallery to develop detailed plans.

The funding announcement follows the gallery’s successful planning approval which was confirmed earlier in 2019.

Inspiring People will see a transformed National Portrait Gallery, including a comprehensive re display of the gallery’s collection from the Tudors to now across 40 refurbished galleries, combined with a significant refurbishment of the building, restoring historic features, creating a new and more welcoming visitor entrance and public forecourt on the building’s North Façade, and enhancing the gallery’s accessibility. The gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world.

For more information, please visit the press area of the National Portrait Gallery here.