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Conservation Management Plan for University Gallery Building

In October 2014 the Trust was commissioned to produce a comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the Hatton Gallery, an art museum, to support their second round application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Conservation Plan covered a range of different elements present at the site – a grade II listed Edwardian building, a significant 1967 extension to the original building, and the internationally important collection and archive housed within. The Hatton Gallery also contains the iconic Merz Barn Wall by Kurt Schwitters, one of the most significant figures in 20th century art. The wall, a fragment of a Lake District barn, was brought to the gallery in 1965 and incorporated into the fabric of the building where it is on display as a celebrated piece of constructivist art. Managing this piece is an important example of how a work of art can outweigh architecture in terms of heritage significance.
We were also commissioned to prepare the Heritage Statement for the project which resulted in the scheme gaining planning permission and listed building consent. The project received a second round pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund in July 2015 and work is due to start in 2016 on the £3.5 million scheme.