The Burrell Collection is a museum in Glasgow managed by Glasgow Museums that was re-opened in March 2022 after a refurbishment. It houses the art collection of Sir William Burrell and Lady Constance Burrell.
Our team in the Metal Centre worked with Graciela Ainsworth from Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation Ltd to provide some steel supports and brackets that will help conserve some of the exhibits.
The Tracery Window
The team at The Blake Group was asked to make an assortment of different types and sizes of unique brackets for installing this Tracery Window in The Burrell Collection in Glasgow.
This was the first time the Tracery window had been displayed in the Burrell Collection. Each limestone element required several bespoke brackets as it was composed of numerous free-standing sections.
The Metal Centre team worked closely with Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation Ltd and David Narro Associates to manufacture the bespoke brackets.
The Thrust brackets initially designed by DNA Structural Engineers, had designed details by The Metal Centre.
A 316 grade stainless steel support was designed and manufactured by David Narro Associates, Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation and The Metal Centre, to support the weight of this Italian marble font with a very heavy top bowl, preventing undue pressure on the base of the font. Each section was only held in place with the stainless steel support as there were no internal fixings.
Limestone Back to Back Doorways
The Metal Centre was asked to manufacture an internal supporting structure for the Back to Back Doorways to be installed within the Burrell Collection, by GASC. The design was by David Narro Structural Engineers. In between each course of stone there were stainless steel ties, designed to be moveable to the required heights in between the stone courses to hold all sections of stone to the mild steel frame. Stirling Stone worked with GASC to build the two doorways on site around this internal structure.