Hopkins Architects’ design includes a new extension with a stone and glass façade providing a new landmark for the city centre.
A spacious glass atrium was created to link the new wing with the former City Art Gallery and Athenaeum. The main entrance remains through the iconic portico of the old Gallery. A footbridge crosses over the glazed link to the new extension, with its own staircase and free standing lift towers. A continuous sequence of galleries on the first floor in the new building, match the scale and symmetry of the original building.
- RIBA Award 2003
- RIBA Client of the Year 2003
- The Concrete Society Award 2003
- The British Construction Industry Building Award 2003 – Shortlisted
- Civic Trust Award 2004
- Royal Fine Art Commission Trust: Aggiornamento Award