Following on from the fantastic work underway at Auckland Castle, Meldrum have recently begun an exciting new project in Bishop Auckland town centre. Inspired by the masterpieces of Francisco de Zurbarán that currently hang in Auckland Castle’s Long Dining Room, plans are underway to create the UK’s first gallery dedicated to Spanish Art. It is due to open as part of The Auckland Project visitor destination in 2019.
Behind the façade of a former school and bank works have already begun, with some demolition of small buildings at the rear of the site, and scaffolding being put up at the front and on the roof. Over the next few weeks foundations will be laid for the rear extension; the roof will be removed and cleaning works will begin on the stone work front.
Mechanical & Electrical services are critical to this project to ensure the required conditions are met within the gallery areas. Stringent security measures need to be built in to the new and existing building fabrics.
The Spanish Gallery will comprise of 10 exhibition spaces over three floors, including a dramatic double-height space for some of the larger pieces.
It will explore Spanish art from the medieval period to the present day, focusing particularly on the Golden Age of art in the 17th century.