The Kelvin Hall, originally built in 1927 and reopened to the public in 2016, is a Category B Listed multiuse Sport, Culture and Education building. The client for this Phase 1 re-development is a multi-body group made up of: Glasgow Life Sports , Glasgow Life Museums, The University of Glasgow and in particular the Hunterian Museum, The National Libraries of Scotland in particular Scottish Screen Archive.
The Phase 1 redevelopment of the two western vaults has seen a complete transformation of the original interior to host a wealth of facilities, including: Sports Halls;Gym and Fitness Suites; Teaching Facilities; Archival Storage and Research Facilities for Glasgow Museums, The Hunterian and National Libraries of Scotland’s Scottish Screen Archive. This eclectic mix of uses has created a vibrant feel to the building, which is buzzing with activity at all times of the day. The existing external fabric has been fully refurbished, including a new roof and elements of new build infill.
A new entrance pavilion invites people into the building from Argyle Street, ramping up into the existing building to a generously proportioned welcome foyer and café. From here a central ‘Avenue’ runs the full length of the Ground and First Floors, connecting a series of three storey lightwells, drawing daylight deep into the plan. Glimpses into the various facilities are provided along its length giving points of interest and promoting a cross pollination of ideas between different building users for example, a visitor to a dance class may be inspired by the display of Mackintosh furniture through a window into an archive and vice versa.
What was once the entrance to Glasgow’s Museum of Transport is now the largest Fitness Suite in Glasgow, overlooking the River Kelvin. The new glazed insertion in the historic fabric provides a cornucopia of cardiovascular and weight training equipment with associated offices and changing facilities for Glasgow Club members. Above this three new Fitness Studios with sprung floors offer modern facilities below the spectacular arched concrete trussed roof.
The larger of the two arches provides space for two large Multi- Purpose Sports Halls offering space for Badminton, Basketball, Netball, Football, Volleyball and Gymnastics. Along-side these sports halls are archive stores for Glasgow Museums and The Hunterian, including a new workshop for the restoration of Charles Rennie Mackintosh furniture and tea room interiors.
Outwith the arched areas of the halls are facilities for the Scottish Screen Archive, The Hunterian and a suite of teaching laboratories for The University of Glasgow. This is capped with a new rooftop office and study area sitting delicately as a pavilion above the existing building below.