The BBC Look North’s Anne-Marie Tasker was given an exclusive behind-the-scenes access this week to our Ferens Art Gallery project in Hull which is getting a multimillion-pound makeover.

Houlton contract manager Peter Barnicoat was on hand to explain the current state of progress on site with the installation of new insulation, air conditioning, humidity controls, computer-designed skylights that cut UV and control heat along with a new glass fronted café extension at the rear facing onto the dockside.

When it reopens in 2017 visitors may not see much difference in the building because most of the technical improvements will be out of sight in the roof voids. 

Kirsten Simister, curator at Hull's Ferens Art Gallery was also present to advise how those changes mean valuable works will be able to go on show, like Edouard Manet's "Dejeuner sur l'Herbe", a masterpiece being loaned to Ferens during City of Culture year.


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