Scottish National Portrait Gallery
Originally designed by Robert Rowand Anderson, the category A listed Gothic building in Edinburgh is the home of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. When embarking on the first major refurbishment in the Gallery’s 120-year history, the client appointed Page/Park Architects to restore much of the vision of the original architect. There was a real desire from the client that the look and feel of the existing aesthetic be retained throughout the public areas of the building. As many doors as possible were kept, only being replaced where necessary. New doors were supplied to match the old.
Allgood were asked to create the specification which required many site surveys. Discussions took place as to the merits of existing ironmongery and Allgood had to advise on solutions to meet fire and building regulations. From door to door, there were many variations in ironmongery specification. Some doors needed all ironmongery to be replaced, other doors only required certain items replaced. To ensure that it was easy for the architect and client to recall agreed decisions, a detailed door by door specification was created noting all elements of the ironmongery, not just the items to be supplied by Allgood.
Products needed to be sourced to match existing items whilst hardware items were required to fit existing mortices. Bespoke products were also required in some areas whilst non-public areas were specified in satin stainless steel. The ironmongery specification for the project required a lot of creativity and resourcefulness. Finding the exact products required to replace existing ironmongery took diligence whilst the management of such differing challenges throughout the building took great efficiency. Allgood rose to the challenge and has provided the client with a comprehensive ironmongery specification that retains the aesthetic of the building whilst conforming to modern regulations.
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