£60m plan to transform Kelvin Hall

05 Aug 2013

Government ministers will be asked to back a £60 million plan to transform Kelvin Hall into one of the UK's biggest museums.

Glasgow Life has applied for permission to work on the Category B-listed building, which closed last month.

The project will result in the building becoming home to 1.5m treasures from the city's collections, from Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum and the Scottish Screen Archive.

Members of the city council's planning committee are expected to agree to ask the Scottish Government to approve listed building consent to allow work to start.

If it gets the go-ahead, the first phase of the work will involve a comprehensive redevelopment and refurbishment.

Two of the later brick additions on the west elevation will be removed and a new extension will be created at the Burnhouse Road side of the building.

A feature window extension will be formed at the entrance that previously gave access to the Transport Museum.

Substantial work will also be carried out to the inside of the building, giving it a new lease of life.

The building, which stands opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery, dates from 1927 and replaced an earlier timber and brick structure built for the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901.

Source:   Evening Times - £60m plan to transform Kelvin Hall