The Playfair Project has rejuvenated the National Galleries of Scotland’s presence at The Mound in central Edinburgh by creating a single, integrated complex that links the iconic National Gallery and Academy buildings. At a cost of £32 million and five years in construction, this was the most ambitious capital project ever undertaken by the Galleries. It involved the complete restoration of the Royal Scottish Academy Building and the creation of an imaginative new space - the Gardens Entrance - to connect the two gallery edifices.

The very generous support of the Scottish Executive (£10million) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (£7.56 million) enabled the project to get off the ground.