Kelvingrove Bandstand

An old friend brought back to life by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.

Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre is a unique external performance venue situated within the designed landscape of Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. Page Park Architects were chosen by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust to lead a design team responsible for the refurbishment of this iconic venue, ensuring its sustainable future.

A strategic brief for the venue was developed by Glasgow Life to deliver a functional outdoor space capable of hosting a wide range of events. The proposals were meticulously developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, including Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, GBPT, and various community groups.

Built in 1924, Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre is a vital component of the Kelvingrove Park landscape, holding Category B listing status due to its architectural and cultural importance as the sole remaining Scottish example of a covered bandstand and elliptical amphitheatre. Despite falling into disuse in the late 1990s and being listed on the ‘Buildings at Risk’ Register, this project successfully rejuvenated the venue.

The rehabilitation of the Bandstand was crucial not just for its prominent location but also for its historical and social significance. Its continued use is a testament to its value within the community and its enduring cultural importance.

As part of this project, the venue underwent significant improvements. These enhancements included the conservation and repair of the existing bandstand building, along with the addition of small extensions at the rear to provide essential support facilities for performances. The dressing room accommodations were upgraded, now featuring sanitary facilities and a platform lift for stage access. Additionally, the dilapidated stage was completely rebuilt, featuring a new stage riser and the necessary infrastructure for lighting and sound. The amphitheatre terraces also underwent adaptations to enhance access and safety, which involved the construction of new ramps, cross aisles, and stepped gangways.

Original timber benches at the front rows were meticulously refurbished, while concrete risers were repaired throughout the terraces. New concrete benches were cast in the upper rows to meet legislative requirements for a seated venue, and their design was carefully integrated to minimize any visual impact on the historic setting. As a result of these renovations, the venue’s capacity increased to 2500, and it now offers improved accessibility and safety for all patrons.

Project Info

Glasgow Life
Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
Internal Floor Area
May 2014
Scottish Design Awards 2015 - Listed Building Category
Glasgow Herald Property Awards 2014
GIA Award 2014 - Conservation
RICS Awards 2015 - Conservation Commendation Award
RICS Award 2015, Commendation Community Benefit
Structural Engineer
M&E Engineer
Harley Haddow LLP
Cost Consultant
NBM Cost Consultants
CDM Co-ordinator
CDM Scotland
CCG Scotland
Andrew Lee