Scottish National Gallery Princes Street Gardens Extension

Published: 03 April 2015

The Scottish National Gallery has passed its first stage for the application for the £5m heritage lottery funding following a discussion with Edinburgh City Council to purchase a piece of land on Princes Street Gardens.

This £15.3m renovation project will triple the venue’s exhibition space where the gallery walls will be pushed five metres out into the eastern portion of the gardens, in line with the existing Weston Link extension, allowing a landscaped public path and terrace to be built.

Construction is planned to commence in 2016, with works expected to be completed in the summer of 2018. 

Michael Clarke, Director of the Scottish National Gallery and the Project’s Director, said:

We are thrilled that this proposal has been passed to the next stage by the Heritage Lottery Fund. As holders of the world’s foremost collection of Scottish art, which includes such incomparable artists as Ramsay, Raeburn and Wilkie, our focus has always been on showing its significance and making it accessible to as wide a public as possible. Extending the Gallery space will transform the entire visitor experience.

Situated in the very heart of Edinburgh City Centre, The Scottish National Gallery is one of the most prestigious venues for events. For more information on hiring the space at the Scottish National Galleries for events please see their website

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