Kelvin Hall Redevelopment

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Glasgow Life




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A redeveloped Category B listed multi-use sport, culture and education building.

Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall is a well known and loved building with a rich and varied lifetime, having been home to some of the city’s most exciting events, concerts and exhibitions.

Kelvin Hall was re-built in 1926-1927 and was designed by Thomas Gilchrist Gilmour and Thomas P. M Somers. Once opened, the original use for the new building was to house large scale national and international exhibitions including the Glasgow Civic and Empire Exhibition in 1931 and the Century of Progress Exhibition in 1935.

The whole building underwent a further redevelopment in the 1980’s. This included the creation of an International Sports Arena and the Museum of Transport moved to Kelvin Hall from its original home in Pollokshields in 1987.

The works included the refurbishment and redevelopment of the two western vaults, and the formation of gyms, a dancing studio, museum storage, Scottish screen archive, FF&E, M&E installation, external brick / stone pointing, window repairs and re-roofing of the western vaults.

The project involved the creation of a unique new community cultural centre within the existing Kelvin Hall building, in conjunction with Glasgow Life, University of Glasgow and National Libraries of Scotland.

The development involved various structural alterations to the existing Kelvin Hall structure, included rooftop extension, western extension, new entrance, installation of mobile storage racking and a new stair well, escape corridor and lift core.

What was once the entrance to Glasgow’s Museum of Transport is now the largest fitness suite in Glasgow. Above this, three new fitness studios with sprung floors offer modern facilities below the arched concrete trussed roof.


Through our early engagement and proactive approach we were able to deliver numerous innovative design solutions which were sympathetic to the design of the listed building, but drove some significant savings during the build programme.

The Council was committed to ensuring that a minimum of 10% of the total labour required to deliver the Kelvin Hall project was delivered by new entrants, apprentices or trainees.

They were also committed to using local labour wherever possible. In order to meet our community benefit obligations, we worked closely with Jobs and Business Glasgow to identify relevant positions to meet these targets throughout the project.

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