The final cost of completing the revamp of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh is still unknown after plans to unveil its new look by the end of this year were thwarted.

The National Galleries of Scotland has revealed the launch of the project, which has involved excavating beneath the historic building on The Mound, has been held up by the discovery of “unexpected remnants” of previous developments, including “deeply buried layers of concrete”

The revamp has already suffered a series of delays due to the discovery of damp penetration, asbestos and an “inadequate” drainage system within a 1970s extension to the original 1859 building, the scrapping of a planned extension into East Princes Street Gardens and the impact of the pandemic.

Announced in 2014, the project had an initial price tag of £15.3 million and was due for completion within four years.

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