The redevelopment of the South End Galleries is the latest phase from Purcell’s venue masterplan to be implemented, and involved the comprehensive re-planning of ten galleries. The brief was to return the spaces to Lord Leverhulme’s original vision and improve the visitor circulation routes.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery was awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.2m towards regenerating a display of more than 1,500 items of fine and decorative art. The collection was amassed by William Hesketh Lever, who had a deep love of art and desire to inspire an understanding of precious and rare art.
The gallery remained open throughout the works and this created challenges in terms of noise, dust, vibration and security. Through increased supervision, good communication and detailed planning, disruption to visitors was kept to a minimum. Other challenges included managing humidity and temperature to protect the collections.