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James

£1.2m grant for Maryhill Burgh Halls plan

£1.2m grant for burgh halls plan



AN ambitious community plan to raise £9 million to restore a historic Glasgow
building has taken a major step forward.


The Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust has been awarded £1.2 million in European
grants taking the mammoth fundraising project to the halfway mark.

Once restored, the B-listed Edwardian building will be a community events
and concert space, as well as a nursery, cafe and recording studio.

Around £4.5 million in funding has now been secured and work is on course
to begin in September with an expected completion date of early 2011.

Campaigners have led a long campaign for the burgh halls, which are
recognised on Historic Scotland's buildings-at-risk register, to be brought
back into use.

The building, which opened in 1878, has slowly been wound down over
the past 20 years and has been closed for the past eight years.

The council owns the hall but will sell it to Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust and
give them back the money in the form of a grant. Part of the renovation
will involve the restoration of 20 stained-glass panels which chart Maryhill's
economic history.

Created by Stephen Adams in the late 19th century, they document the
lives of workers including a canal boatman, linen bleachers, a gas worker
and a glassblower and are currently in storage in the Burrell Collection.



James H
James

Window of opportunity for Maryhill (© Evening Times)



A Glasgow community is being given the chance to play a major role in the
restoration of one of the city’s most iconic buildings.


Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust wants locals to help design new stained glass windows
for the building, which dates from 1878. The Trust is in the middle of a £9.2million
project to transform the halls into a community hub that will incorporate a public
hall, cafe, offices, a community recording studio, a nursery and courtyard garden.

A feature of the original building is stained glass panels depicting the trades and
industries of Maryhill, a number of which will go back on display once the work is
completed. The Trust wants to add to this legacy and allow the public to create new
panels to feature alongside the originals in the refurbished halls. The Windows of
Today project will be launched tonight at a special event in Maryhill.

Dr Gordon Barr, heritage development officer for the Trust, said: “The original
stained glass has been an important part of Maryhill for over 130 years and we
want the new designs to have just as long a legacy. They will continue the themes
of Maryhill trades and industries while providing an up-to-date picture of life in
Maryhill in the 21st century. This is a unique chance for people to influence exactly
what they will show.”

The Trust has commissioned artists Alec Galloway and Margo Winning to design and
produce the new set of windows. Campaigners have long fought for the halls, which
are recognised on Historic Scotland’s buildings-at-risk register, to be brought back
into use. They have been closed for eight years. The project is due for completion in
March.

Tonight’s event is at Shakespeare Street Youth Club, Shakespeare Street, at 8pm.



James H
me

also good that they are training the locals in various trades while they are doing it
AlanM

me wrote:
also good that they are training the locals in various trades while they are doing it


There's method in that, it means they get training grants which helps with funding the restoration.
stillucan

The hall is where in Maryhill, please?
AlanM

Maryhill Rd, just before the canal crosses the road. opposite Lochburn Rd
me

AlanM wrote:
me wrote:
also good that they are training the locals in various trades while they are doing it


There's method in that, it means they get training grants which helps with funding the restoration.


still good for everyone involved tho....the unemployed get trained for work and they do something for the community plus is cheap labour for the work to be done

they are looking for volunteers to give a hand too....so if your no busy gee them a bell
nodrog

Building work at the Burgh Halls is now complete, and we're now offering free guided tours of the building. Fancy coming along ?

Dates are on the website here:

http://www.maryhillburghhalls.org...-book-your-place-now-updated.html

There's also a free Maryhill 'app' for your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone....








Cheers,

Nodrog
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