During 2016 Leeds Art Gallery will undergo major repairs, restoration and thermal improvements to the original Victorian roof of the building, which was first opened in 1888.
Extensive work on all of the glass vaulted roof structures will take place, which includes removal of existing roof panels, insulation, repair of the structure beneath or replacement of framework and re-glazing. This will ensure that the necessary improvements are made to the gallery, which in turn will help to guarantee the longevity and continued use of this much loved and important regional gallery.
We will endeavour to keep you updated on the work going on throughout the closure. Follow @LeedsArtGallery on Twitter for the latest news.
Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “It’s time for us to look to the future and focus on how we can ensure visitors can continue to enjoy Leeds Art Gallery’s magnificent collection in the years to come. Last year alone, the gallery attracted more than 430,000 visitors and, as we bid to be named European Capital of Culture 2023, this investment in repairing the roof is a demonstration of our commitment to a building that is clearly part of the bedrock of Leeds’s artistic heritage.”
Further information about the roof work can be found in our media centre or via the Leeds City Council public access planning portal.