The extensive renovation work took 16 months to complete, and involved the building size extending by a third, with an entirely new landscape wing revealed during the gallery’s grand reopening in February 2015.
The site is situated on Oxford Road and extends into the beautiful Whitworth Park. During the restoration, walls were replaced with ceiling-to-floor glass walkways, enabling visitors to view panoramic views of the park, and allowing contents of the gallery to be visible to outsiders.
Rooms that were long out of public use have been reopened, including the spectacular Grand Hall at the top of the building. The gallery’s 19th century barrel vault ceilings have been restored, highlighting the magnificent style of the building when it was first built.