Planning permission granted for National Portrait Gallery’s Inspiring People redevelopment

Westminster City Council’s Planning Committee have granted planning permission and listed building consent for Inspiring People, the National Portrait Gallery’s biggest ever development since the building in St Martin’s Place, London opened in 1896. The approved designs by Jamie Fobert Architects, working in partnership with Purcell, will see a significant refurbishment of the building, restoring historic features and creating a new and more welcoming visitor entrance and public forecourt on the building’s North Façade, enhancing the Gallery’s visibility and accessibility. The Gallery has now secured £31.5 of its £35.5m fundraising target. This includes the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund who have awarded development funding of £900,000, which has enabled the Gallery to apply for a full National Lottery grant of