Construction complete on the Riverside Museum

22 Dec 2010

The new £74m home for Glasgow's transport collection has been completed and the keys handed over to the city council.

The city of Glasgow has just received an early Christmas present - the keys to the Riverside Museum, the new home of Glasgow's world-class transport collection.

Until now, the £74million museum and its site have been the responsibility of building contractor BAM, who were tasked with constructing the iconic building. With the museum all but complete, ownership of the site has now been handed over to Glasgow City Council.

Riverside Museum, designed by Stirling Prize-winner Zaha Hadid, is one of the most complex engineering projects in Britain at the moment, and has already won plaudits for its design. Construction of the new museum started in 2007.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "I am delighted that the new Riverside Museum has been handed over to the city. The building itself is a feat of engineering, and BAM has done a fantastic job turning Zaha Hadid's ambitious design into what I'm sure will become one of the city's most recognisable and popular buildings."

BAM is expected to remain on site for a few more weeks, with only the landscaping, the south façade and some snagging to finish. And while the handover marks a massive milestone for the Riverside Museum, the museum itself will remain under wraps for a few more months: Riverside Museum is due to open in late spring 2011.

Councillor Matheson added: "With the Tall Ship Glenlee berthed alongside, the Riverside Museum is certain to become an iconic image of Glasgow. It represents the city's rich and proud heritage as well as its ambitions and potential for the future. I, like many Glaswegians, am very excited about Riverside's opening next year. It really is a world-class building, fit for a world-class collection in the care of a world-class city."

Source: Glasgow Life