Kelvin Hall


Redevelopment and rejuvenation of Glasgow’s famous Kelvin Hall. Giving it back to the public again.


A unique partnership between Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland sees this much-loved, if neglected venue being transformed into an exciting new centre of cultural excellence. The public will have new access to collections, temporary displays, teaching and research, alongside a state-of-the-art Glasgow Club health and fitness centre.


For years Kelvin Hall had leaked energy, and that needed to be reined in to be more sustainable and energy efficient. Many functions required different kinds of energy use. For example, with the data centre, certain valuable archives required consistent cooling.


Minimum or no waste was our goal. Regular meetings and reviews with multiple stakeholders enabled us to progress well in these areas. With the data centre’s archive, we were able to capture expelled heat captured at source and use it elsewhere. This project helped us win the RICS project of the year 2017 for its innovatory thinking.


Key Facts

Client: Glasgow Life
Photographer: Andrew Lee


Awards: 2017 Architects Journal 100 Building of the Year – Shortlisted  /  2017 Scottish Property Awards – Judges Award of Merit  /  2017 Scottish Design Awards – Culture/Leisure – Shortlisted  /  2017 RICS Awards – Project of the Year – Winner  /  2017 RICS Awards – Tourism & Leisure – Winner  /  2017 The Herald Property Awards – Commercial Project of the Year – Shortlist  /  2018 The Herald Property Awards – Best Regeneration Project – Winner  /  2018 Green Tourism Business Scheme – Gold Award



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