Riverside budget queries
November 19 2004
Questions have been raised about the budget for Zaha Hadid’s new Glasgow Riverside Museum at Glasgow Harbour. The museum, which will replace the existing Transport Museum in the Kelvin Hall, is a key element of the Council’s plans for the continued regeneration of the River Clyde, and has been costed at £50 million. The project will be funded by Glasgow City Council, with bids made for external support to a number of agencies including the Heritage Lottery Fund. An application for £15 million was made to the HLF this summer.
But Jim Clark, the city council’s media manager, was confident that the project will get the funding it needs. “The first stage of Zaha Hadid’s design - scheme design - is due for completion in March 2005 and this will be paid for by the council. The second design stage – detailed design – is subject to Heritage Lottery Fund stage 1 grant approval, which we don’t necessarily anticipate until March 2005. We are quite relaxed about the situation - like any other major project we’re looking at a cocktail of funding through our own resources and external sources.”
The next stage of the procurement phase will be to invite construction tenders, with a view to being on-site by 2007. The new Museum is expected be open to the public by 2009