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Kelvingrove bandstand re-opens following £2.1m renovation

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June 2 2014

Kelvingrove bandstand re-opens following £2.1m renovation
A disused bandstand in Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Park has re-opened following a £2.1m renovation overseen by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Page\Park.

The B-listed bandstand and amphitheatre was built by Glasgow Corporation Parks in 1924 and is the only original bandstand to survive in the city but had lain disused since 1999.

Delivered in time for this summer’s Commonwealth Games the project saw conservation of existing fabric and original features of the building together with a number of sensitive interventions to improve safety and accessibility.

These include installation of a new platform lift together with a new cross aisle and gangways on the amphitheatre together with ramped access.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said:“The success of the recent Big Weekend shows how much Glasgow loves an outdoor concert. Thanks to the lottery playing public, Kelvingrove Bandstand can once again play its part in the cultural and civic life of the city providing a fantastic outdoor space for events for the Commonwealth Games and beyond.”

Managed by Glasgow Life the venue is currently being lined up to play host to a number of community and commercial events.
New ogee-style roofs have been built
New ogee-style roofs have been built
The bandstand provides seating for up to 3,000 people
The bandstand provides seating for up to 3,000 people

3 Comments

D to the R
#1 Posted by D to the R on 2 Jun 2014 at 14:07 PM
This is how Glasgow should treat it's historic object buildings ... as a celebration of their past and their potential futures ... A fantastic project which will no doubt be greatly appreciated as visitors to the city (and home-growns) meander through the park - Well done
Dara
#2 Posted by Dara on 2 Jun 2014 at 15:05 PM
Outstanding. Looks amazing. Lets hope there is a music programme to match.

One thing, I would like to have seen some kind of intelligent pop-up canopy system installed should the inevitable crap weather prevail.
David
#3 Posted by David on 3 Jun 2014 at 17:23 PM
Am I being cynical in suggesting this fantastic bit of conservation refurbishment would not have happened without the Commonwealth games?

I don't mean to be negative, as it is exactly the type of thing that needs to happen to a lot of spaces in Glasgow, so the more Commonwealth Games we can stage the better, and the more money that can come in to the City through spin-off tourism the better.

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