Kelvin Hall redevelopment plans submitted
June 21 2013Kelvin Hall into a new venue for the Hunterian Museum has been submitted by Page\Park Architects on behalf of Glasgow Life.
Plans envisage a new build cultural centre and sports facility behind the ornate B-listed façade of the Kelvingrove landmark, establishing a new museum quarter in the west end.
A two phase development process will see work initially limited to construction of a new community sports venue and collections study centre, designed to offer digital access to collections held by Glasgow City Council, the Hunterian and the National libraries of Scotland.
Describing this element, which could commence in early 2014 and complete in 2016, Page\Park stated: “Examination of the existing floorplates has shown that the western vaults (one larger one smaller) together with the appendage buildings can provide a large amount of the floor area required without the need to build new floorplates in the existing building.
"At the same time the appendage warehouse buildings can accommodate some of the office scale environments more comfortably than the bigger vaulted spaces, with the added advantage of exploiting the aspect and natural ventilation possibilities.
“The key decision has been therefore to suggest that the first phase take up the potential of these existing building assets, leaving the flexibility of the bigger volumes for the future phase.”
This second phase would see creation of new exhibition space which would bring together the collections of the Hunterian Museum, Hunterian Art Gallery and Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum, along with temporary display space for contemporary and fine art.
A new façade intervention to the west is intended to be read as an extension to the columned frontage
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