HC Deb 04 June 1991 vol 192 cc201-3W
Sir Nicholas Fairbairn

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will give details of those buildings used for the arts in Scotland which have been built, renovated or improved with Government funds since 1979.

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

The table lists the properties occupied by the three Scottish national institutions, which are directly funded by my Department through building programme grant in aid. All of these properties have, to varying degrees, been subject to building or improvement works since 1979. In addition, the Government provided £9.4 million—on an exceptional basis—towards the construction of the Burrell gallery in Glasgow.

In addition, my Department supports the development of local authority museums, galleries and libraries through the revenue support grant. Other support for the arts in Scotland, including an element for building projects, is provided by the Office of Arts and Libraries, through grants to arts bodies by the Scottish Arts Council.


Institution and Property

  • National Galleries of Scotland
    • National Gallery of Scotland, the Mound, Edinburgh
    • Royal Scottish Academy, Princes Street, Edinburgh
    • National Portrait Gallery, Queen Street, Edinburgh
    • Gallery of Modern Art, Belford Road, Edinburgh
    • Store, 140 Causewayside, Edinburgh
  • National Museums of Scotland
    • Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh
    • National Museum of Antiquities, Queen Street, Edinburgh
    • York Buildings, Queen Street, Edinburgh
    • Leith Custom House, Leith, Edinburgh
    • Scottish United Services Museum, Edinburgh Castle
    • Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian
    • Scottish Agricultural Museum, Ingliston, Edinburgh
    • Shambellie House, Dumfriesshire
    • Biggar Gasworks Museum, Lanarkshire
    • Store, Port Edgar, South Queensferry
    • Store, West Granton Road, Edinburgh
    • Store, Newbattle Abbey, Dalkeith
    • Store, Brighton Street, Edinburgh
  • National Library of Scotland
    • George IV Bridge, Edinburgh
    • Causewayside Building, Edinburgh
    • Offices, Lawnmarket, Edinburgh
    • Law Court Buildings, Parliament Square, Edinburgh
    • Bindery, Sighthill, Edinburgh
    • Store (shared), Sighthill, Edinburgh

Specific major capital building and maintenance projects since 1979 include (the figures are rounded to the nearest £0.5m):

  1. 1. The conversion of the former John Watson's School to become the Gallery of Modern Art. (£3.5 million).
  2. 2. The construction of the first phase of the National Library's accommodation at Causewayside, Edinburgh. (£11 million).
  3. 3. Restoration and repair works at the Royal Museum of Scotland. (£8 million, on completion).
  4. 4. Stonework restoration at the Findlay Building in Queen Street, Edinburgh (home of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and of the National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland). (£4 million).
  5. 5. Refurbishment of the National Gallery of Scotland. (£1 million).
  6. 6. Recladding of the hangars at the Museum of Flight, East Fortune Airfield, East Lothian. (£1 million).

Construction work has now begun on the second phase of the National Library's Causewayside Building (which is costing £22 million), and I have committed resources of £22 million (exclusive of VAT and fees) to the construction of the new Museum of Scotland. Other major projects to be financed by the Government are: the provision of new storage accommodation for the National Museums (over £4 million), a major programme of fire precaution works at the National Library's HQ Building in George IV Bridge, Edinburgh (£4 million); and restoration work at the Royal Scottish Academy Building in Princes Street, Edinburgh (over £5 million).