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Snagging works continue at Aberdeen Art Gallery three months after opening

Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum
Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museum

Snagging work on Aberdeen’s multi-million art gallery redevelopment is continuing- more than three months after it reopened to the public.

Work began in 2015 on the massive £34 million facelift of the A-listed Victorian building on Schoolhill, which includes new exhibition spaces and a copper clad roof.

It opened to the public in November after suffering numerous delays.

But the Press and Journal has learnt that “snagging” works on the roof remain – with contractors using scaffolding to access the roof.

It is understood the contractors are paying for the cost of the additional works, which are further understood to be minor.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “Scaffolding has been left in place temporarily to allow access for the completion of snagging works which are weather dependant.”

When the copper-clad roof was unveiled there were concerns about that city’s bird population nesting on it.

But local authority bosses have included electrified traps that send a current through the gulls and pigeons.

It is anticipated around 250,000 visitors will flock to the gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall each year.

As well as restoring the A-listed building, the gallery space has been increased – allowing the number of items on show to rise from 300 to 1,000.

The designs proved hugely controversial when first revealed in 2012, with the decision to scrap the marble staircase and introduce a copper-clad roof causing an outcry.

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