Work to begin on iconic Riverside Museum

27 Oct 2006

Work on creating an iconic new museum, set on the banks of the resurgent River Clyde, is set to begin after contracts for preparatory work were awarded.

The Riverside Museum, designed by the Iraqi-born architect, Zaha Hadid, is intended to reflect the city's maritime past and become the new home of the Museum of Transport.

The innovative, single-span design, will create a shimmering wave at Glasgow Harbour when it opens to the public in 2009.

The Council's Executive Committee today approved measures designed to maintain the building's outstanding beauty, while maintaining cost control to ensure budgets are maintained.

Councillor John Lynch, the Executive Committee member for Culture and Leisure, said the new museum would be a "unique and iconic addition to Glasgow's outstanding cultural estate".

He added: "I'm delighted that preparatory work is beginning on site and we look forward to the successful completion of yet another world-class attraction as we drive our museums into the 21st century."

Glasgow has enjoyed huge success with the £28 million refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.  Since re-opening in June, the museum has exceeded all expectations, with more than one million people flocking to the attraction in the first three months.

The Riverside Museum site will also be the new home for the Clyde Maritime Trust and Glenlee Tall Ship.

The current Museum of Transport is Scotland's third most popular free attraction, with more than 400,000 visitors descending on the Kelvin Hall site each year.

Following the Executive Committee, Scottish Water was awarded a £700,000 contract to divert underground water flows from the Glasgow Harbour site and HBG Construction will prepare Stage 1 of the Riverside Contract.