Kelvin Hall project honoured

The project to transform Kelvin Hall has been voted Best Regeneration Project in this year’s Herald Property Awards for Scotland. The award was won by Page and Park Architects, the well-known Glasgow design company, who led on the Phase 1 project to bring new life to the Category B listed building, which began life in 1927.

The University of Glasgow was one of the project’s core partners in a unique team effort with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and the National Library of Scotland. It has seen the historic venue transformed into an exciting new centre of cultural excellence providing collections’ storage, teaching and research, alongside a state-of-the-art Glasgow Club health and fitness centre.

Imaginative and innovative

The Herald Regeneration Project award was sponsored by Scotland’s Towns Partnership. The UofG’s Executive Director of Estates and Commercial Services, Ann Allen, said: “I am delighted to see Page and Park recognised for their imaginative and innovative work on the Kelvin Hall project.

“The re-opening of the Kelvin Hall in 2016 marked the first stage in its transformation as a new academic and cultural destination for Scotland and the UK. As such, it will be an important part of the University of Glasgow’s £1 billion investment to expand our campus footprint by 25% over the next ten years, creating a new urban quarter with the University at the heart of a revitalised west end.”

New facilities in Kelvin Hall Phase 1 and the co-location of study collections, allows the University of Glasgow to build on its international reputation for collection-based research and teaching, allowing greater access to collections while forging new academic and educational practice. Infrastructure will include research and teaching labs, conservation studios, research and seminar rooms, a dedicated post-graduate study space and conference suite.

First published: 2 October 2017

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