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Mahdi West

Kelvin Hall

This story reported in The Herald yesterday could be worth keeping an eye on.
The smell of smoke on the horizon?

http://www.heraldscotland.com/new...l-considers-its-options-1.1017128

Future of Kelvin Hall on the ropes as council considers its options

KELVIN HALL: Has been a Glasgow landmark since 1927.
Vivienne Nicol

Published on 29 Mar 2010

One of Glasgow’s top sporting venues could be turned into a storage facility or even mothballed to save money.

It was originally thought the Kelvin Hall would host the boxing events of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. More than £11 million was set aside to provide facilities and to redevelop the venue to provide a lasting legacy for the city.

However, Games organisers are now investigating whether it would be more cost-effective to stage the boxing at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. As a result, city councillors will this week consider five options for Kelvin Hall, which opened in 1927.

It has been the venue for athletics training, international indoor athletics and a popular community sports centre.

But from 2012, all major sporting events will transfer from Kelvin Hall to the new National Indoor Sports Arena in the east end of Glasgow. More space will become available at Kelvin Hall when the Museum of Transport moves to its new site on the Clyde.

One of the options being considered is using part of the venue to store items from the city’s museum collections. At present, a significant number of items are housed in a leased store in Maryhill.

Glasgow University’s Hunterian Museum is also in need of a storage facility and a report to councillors says a joint storage and research facility is regarded as an attractive proposal.

The first option being considered involves doing nothing to the venue other than basic maintenance of the building. The cost over seven years would be almost £2.5m. The sports centre would continue to operate as before with a small reduction in staff.

Option two, costing £3.6m, would involve additional work to allow Kelvin Hall to be used by Games organisers for behind-the-scenes purposes.

Option three includes upgrading the existing indoor athletics arena for use as a boxing venue for the Games.

A new health and fitness centre, dance studios, cafe and five-a-side football courts would also be created.

Option four includes creating a community sports centre in the Museum of Transport site and fitting out the former indoor athletics arena as an five-a-side football space.

A new store, which could be accessed by both ­students and the public, would be created for the museum treasures of both the ­council and Glasgow University.

The final option would be to close or mothball the Kelvin Hall
Saltmarketeer

How many five-a-side football spaces do we need? I think this has less to do with providing footballing space and more to do with revenue generation. The one over at Aikenhead Road is a feckin eyesore and I think that, privately at least, five-a-side footy is more than catered for in Glasgow.

Maybe they would save money if they stopped paying corrupt reptilian drug addict scum bastards like Purcell obscene amounts of it to feather their own nests and satisfy their own interests.
hazy

I still think that a tunnel from  the Art Galleries  under Dumbarton Road then back up to the Transport Mueseum. All the items that are presently stored under the Art Galleries could then be put on display as the Transport Mueseum would then become an annex of the AG. Could be along the lines of the Lourve in Paris. Sorry about any spelling mistakes people ahm bad ah know.
cybers

Spelling is not as important as conveyance of the message...
You managed that part admirably hazy old chap...
Too many pedants, well at least one to many

Back to your idea...
Sounds like a winner as far as i am concerned but lets wait on the fire see what transpires after that.
calamity

hazy wrote:
I still think that a tunnel from  the Art Galleries  under Dumbarton Road then back up to the Transport Mueseum. All the items that are presently stored under the Art Galleries could then be put on display as the Transport Mueseum would then become an annex of the AG. Could be along the lines of the Lourve in Paris. Sorry about any spelling mistakes people ahm bad ah know.
why no a glass one over the road there would be much easier, but good idea you have there.. keep it all together and compact.
Robert Pool

Farewell to The Kelvin Hall














































calamity

does anyone remember the bar to the right as you went in, it had amercian style booths, I worked in there about 20 years ago as a creche assistant, when the mothers were in running on the track.
glasgowken

Lovely selection there Robert  

I like the storage idea, but I doubt it will happen.
Doog Doog

Tell you what, Manitas De PLata....
Was that Jim Davidson before he became a comedian?
norrie

Hi Robertpool ,what a great selction of memrobillia from the Kelvin Hall

I really cant see a fire in the Kelvin Halls
Bye for now, norrie
dickyhart

Doog Doog wrote:
Tell you what, Manitas De PLata....
Was that Jim Davidson before he became a comedian?


When did jim davidson become a comedian?
calamity

Doog Doog wrote:
Tell you what, Manitas De PLata....
Was that Jim Davidson before he became a comedian?
aye he does look like Davidson only with a lot more talent.
Doog Doog

dickyhart wrote:
Doog Doog wrote:
Tell you what, Manitas De PLata....
Was that Jim Davidson before he became a comedian?


When did jim davidson become a comedian?



I use the term loosely  
calamity

maybe it is Jim and hes had guitar lessons, well even the best folk noo have guitar lessons ..
osiris

Kelvin Hall

Where was the thread on Kelvin Hall, it's future and the prospect of a fire? Take a look at it now.
AlanM

Fire at Kelvin Hall this morning. Seems to have been brought under control quickly and with limited damage.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-13810217
Mahdi West

Surely the safest bet going?
earl88

Kelvin hall

Picked a guy up in the cab today, he worked for the council, and he was telling me about the kelvin hall being turned into a new museum. He did say it was only being talked about at the moment, anyone heard anything about it ? I had a wee look about the forum, but I don't do the search thingy very well !

Glasgow does have a lot of goodies in storage, and the hall would make a great venue, and work well with the kelvingrove across the road



And while I am on the subject of the search facility, can anyone point me in the direction of any good pics of the old oak bank hospital in the forum
calamity

Sounds good to me, and would give us and tourists a day out moving from the Art Galleries and Huntarian to another.. shame the old transport museum was moved, I think I preferred it to the new one..
Stuball

Kelvinhall shuts in May for a well needed refurb. The running track section will be removed and made into a museum resource centre along with the old transport museum. The rest of the hall will remind a sports facility

Oakbank here http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/ftopic2214-0-0-asc-.php
earl88

Stuball wrote:
Kelvinhall shuts in May for a well needed refurb. The running track section will be removed and made into a museum resource centre along with the old transport museum. The rest of the hall will remind a sports facility

Oakbank here http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/ftopic2214-0-0-asc-.php



I found that pic mate, I was hoping there might be more, like one of the main entrance etc, but ta anyway
James

£35m plan to make Kelvin Hall a jewel in city's crown (© Evening Times)



A £35MILLION plan has been unveiled to convert the Kelvin Hall into a major culture
and sports hub.


Phase one of the work would create one of the biggest Glasgow Club gyms in
the city. It would also provide storage for the Glasgow museums collections, Glasgow
University's Hunterian collections and the archives of Scottish Screen and Scottish Sound
presently held by the National Library of Scotland.

The second phase of work would result in a new exhibition space for the Hunterian
Museum and the Hunterian Art Gallery. There would also be a display area for the
city's contemporary art collection and temporary fine art galleries which would stage
touring shows. There would also be special exhibitions based on the internationally significant
collections held by the city council, Glasgow University, Glasgow Life and the National Library
of Scotland as well as a new home for the Royal Highland Fusiliers museum, currently
based in Sauchiehall Street.

City council deputy leader Archie Graham said: "The proposed redevelopment of the
Kelvin Hall will enhance Glasgow's already established international reputation as a world
class cultural destination. These proposals outline a bold vision for the future of the building,
making more objects from Glasgow's collection available and creating a shared, cultural hub
with the Hunterian Collection and archive material from the National Libraries of Scotland.
At the same time, the refurbished venue will deliver one of the largest and most modern
community leisure facilities anywhere in the city."

The main construction work for phase one of the project will begin early in 2014 and the
completed building would be open to the public in 2016. Mr Graham said: "The positioning of
a new Museum and Art Gallery at Kelvin Hall would create, in conjunction with the nearby
Kelvingrove and Riverside Museums, a group of three world class visitor attractions in the
West End."

It is expected Glasgow will fund almost £23m of the cost with Glasgow University providing
£9.5m and the National Libraries of Scotland £3m. The Kelvin Hall was built in the late
1920s and council bosses say the fabric of the building is deteriorating. On Thursday, city
councillors will be asked to agree £16.5m for the first phase of the redevelopment.



James H
James

£60m plan to transform Kelvin Hall (© Evening Times)



Government ministers will be asked to back a £60million plan to transform the Kelvin Hall
into one of the UK's biggest museums.


Glasgow Life has applied for permission to work on the Category B-listed building, which closed
last month. The project will result in the building becoming home to 1.5m treasures from the city's
collections, from Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum and the Scottish Screen Archive.

Tomorrow, members of the city council's planning committee are expected to agree to ask the
Scottish Government to approve listed building consent to allow work to start. If it gets the go-ahead,
the first phase of the work will involve a comprehensive redevelopment and refurbishment.

Two of the later brick additions on the west elevation will be removed and a new extension will be
created at the Burnhouse Road side of the building. A feature window extension will be formed at
the entrance that previously gave access to the Transport Museum. Substantial work will also
be carried out to the inside of the building, giving it a new lease of life.

The building, which stands opposite Kelvingrove Art Gallery, dates from 1927 and replaced an
earlier timber and brick structure built for the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901. The
main part of the building behind the frontage is made up of brick walls, with a massive vaulted
concrete ceiling supported on 22 concrete columns, which planners describe as "utilitarian rather
than decorative." Kelvin Hall housed the popular Museum Of Transport until the exhibits were
transferred to the new Riverside Museum.

Richard Brown, the council's executive director of development and regeneration, said: "The building
has been adapted to meet varying needs over its lifespan. With the transfer of the transport museum
to its new home, a large area of the facility has lain dormant. The national indoor arena has now
also been built in the East End of the city, effectively leaving the existing sports facilities dated and
less attractive. The majority of the space internally is no longer in beneficial use.

"With the 2014 Commonwealth Games facilities, such as the Emirates Arena, becoming the preferred
venue for events that the Kelvin Hall used to host, there is a need to find long-term, sustainable uses for
this landmark building to ensure its special interest is retained. The proposed works constitute a
substantial package of refurbish- ment to ensure the building remains fit for the cultural and leisure
uses it was originally built to house more than 100 years ago."



James H
Targer

Just where are they going to secure the massive number of quality artifacts for the museum. Looks like they are creating a money pit.
norrie

Hi Targer, as far as I know Glasgow still has loads of treasures that are not on view in storage throughout the city
Does seem daft right enough to have two museums so close
cybers

Glasgow has many items in the Museum Resource Centre in Nitshill It is one of the largest depositories for the storage maintenance and refurbishment of Glasgows vast array of historical artifacts. It could probably fill the Kelvin hall and then some with some good quality pieces that have not seen the light of day for many years. It would be a welcome Idea in my opinion and would secure the building for years to come.... Or just demolish it for more of the horrible flats that surrounds its rear quarter ?
norrie

Hi Cybers perhaps your right, if there is so much we have not seen before and as you say what else would you do with Kelvin Halls
Alex Glass

Targer wrote:
Just where are they going to secure the massive number of quality artifacts for the museum. Looks like they are creating a money pit.


Think you may have missed this part Targer

"The project will result in the building becoming home to 1.5m treasures from the city's
collections, from Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum and the Scottish Screen Archive."

Also when they were building phase two of the Glasgow Museum's Resource Centre out in Nitshill there were still something like 32 different locations throughout the city where parts of Glasgow' collection are stored. There are many items is storage in the Maryhill area that urgently need to be moved. It is important that items are stored in the correct conditions. I am sure the transformation of Kelvin Hall into a Museum will help put on display items not often seen by the public and also ensure they are kept in the correct atmosphere.
cybers

 ^^^ What he said ... as it was him that gone told me about it  

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