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The Burrell Collection

Kier Construction Scotland was named the preferred bidder for the main building contract in the multi-million pound overhaul of Glasgow’s Burrell Collection.

The cost of the project has been estimated at £66m, with Glasgow City Council meeting half of that. More than 94 per cent of the project cost has now been raised, including £15m from the National Lottery.

The refurbishment will increase the museum’s public space by 83 per cent, and gallery space will increase my more than a third. Managed by Glasgow Life on behalf of the council, the museum has nearly 9,000 items in its collection.

“It’s an honour to be working with Glasgow Life in the restoration of the home of the Burrell Collection – a national treasure for Scotland,” said Brian McQuade, managing director of Kier Construction Scotland. The Burrell Collection closed to the public in October 2016, allowing work to begin on the refurbishment of the Grade A building and redisplay of the collections, creating a new visitor experience. Before the museum’s temporary closure, only 20 per cent of the collection was on display.


Kier construction awarded CDS the specialists cutting sub contractor as the existing structure was concrete and brick and required a vast amount of structural alterations for new service routes, door openings and new openings for elevators. CDS have now been working on the project for 2 years working closely with Kier construction to provide bespoke cutting and controlled demolition works utilizing our Remote controlled Brokk for internal Concrete removal works eliminating the risk of hand and arm vibration and internal fumes that are genuinely associated to more conventional techniques. 

May I take this opportunity to thank you all for your efforts during the Christmas and New Year shifts.  The works were not easy by any stretch of the imagination, compounded by adverse weather conditions , working away from home and site conditions that were not ideal.  We completed the works as far as we could and handed back both possessions on time without any accidents or incidents which we should be proud of.  We had a couple of high level visits from the client who were content with our efforts and achievements.

Mark Johnson, Senior Project Manager – AMCO Rail



“James Ramsey’s has been using CDS as their proffered specialist cutting contractors for the past 6 years and would highly recommend their services, as a professional concise contractor whom always maintain high levels of professionalism throughout.”

Gary Shepard, Director, James Ramsey’s


“I have been utilising CDS for 10 years now whilst working with BAM construction on several innovative projects, including Cross House Hospital, Blair Dardy Primary School and most recently reemployed their services for the Johnnie Walker Experience in Edinburgh. Their high level of workmanship and attention to detail with regards to health and safety is second to none.”

Kris Moir, Project Manager, BAM Construction


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