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The Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow 2008-11-16

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[Graphic of The Riverside Museum of Transport Glasgow from above]Seven clipped stories chronologically charting the progress of ‘The Riverside Museum’ (the new museum of transport for Glasgow). From the initial report late in 2004 (Museum of Transport, Glasgow, Scotland) through to the summer headlines of 2007 (Shock call to scrap city’s £74m transport museum), and then the follow-ups in October and November (Good news for Zaha as work on Transport Museum looks set to begin and Work begins on city’s £74 million Riverside Museum), and the the actual starting (First turf cut for Riverside Museum project) and just before last Christmas, work starts properly (Riverside development gets under way in Glasgow), to today’s latest sponsorship fund-raiser (Glasgow’s ‘Guggenheim’ starts to take shape).

Museum of Transport, Glasgow, Scotland.

The new Transport Museum Glasgow will be a replacement for the Museum currently located at the Kelvin Hall. It is to be built on a site where the River Clyde meets with Glasgow’s other main river, the River Kelvin, adjacent to ‘Glasgow Harbour’.

Councillor Mr.Charlie Gordon
is reported as stating that he wants to turn the Glasgow Transport Museum into an ‘even more popular Transport Museum in an iconic building down by the Clyde’. He has achieved his desire for a world-class architect which created controversy earlier this year (2004).

‘The Glasgow Transport Museum’ is a key element of the Council’s plans for the continued regeneration of the River Clyde. The existing Transport Museum is one of the best-visited in Scotland, attracting around 400 000 people annually.

A total of 44 architects and designers had expressed an interest in working on the project, with 3 from Scotland.

The Glasgow Museum of Transport Shortlist:

Daniel Libeskind
Foster & Partners
Gareth Hoskins
Grimshaw Architects
Pringle Richards Sharratt
Will Alsop
Zaha Hadid Architects

‘Gareth Hoskins Architects’ came 2nd and were one of the 3 Transport Museum finalists called for interview. Three architectural practices and two exhibition design teams made it to the Glasgow Transport Museum Shortlist from which Zaha Hadid was selected.

The selection process was assisted by Professor Dugald Cameron, former Principal of ‘Glasgow School of Art’.

‘Event Communications’ were selected to assist. ‘Event Communications’ worked
on ‘The Imperial War Museum North’ in Manchester, ‘Our Dynamic Earth’ in Edinburgh and ‘The National Museum of Dubai’.

‘The Riverside Museum’ project will be funded by ‘Glasgow City Council’, with bids being made for external support to a number of agencies including ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund’. Start on site for the Zaha Hadid project is programmed for 2007.

It is anticipated that the Glasgow Transport Museum will be open to the public by 2009.

Shock call to scrap city’s £74m transport museum

Calls are mounting for the dramatic new transport museum planned for the Clyde to be scrapped and replaced with a cheaper building.

Glasgow’s SNP councillors — of which there are now 22 — are concerned the cost of the structure has soared by 14 000 000 GBP.

As ‘The Evening Times’ reported earlier this month, the price of the new museum, designed by architect Ms.Zaha Hadid, now stands at a whopping 74 000 000 GBP.

Tomorrow, the SNP will demand the Labour executive on Glasgow City Council ditch existing plans and find a less costly option.

Opposition leader Mr.John Mason said:

‘We need a new transport museum as the present building is not suitable but this could be done with a fairly simple structure.

‘Clearly kids and other visitors are primarily interested in the exhibits and most will not care what the building looks like.

‘Do we need an iconic building to house the exhibits? — My suggestion is we don’t.’

Mr.Mason admitted a stunning building would be desirable if the cash was available. But he added:

‘How high a priority is it given Glasgow’s other needs?

‘For example, very few primary schools have been renovated so far.’

Mr.Mason said the cost of the new transport museum building would have hit 80 000 000 GBP if savings had not been made, and he added:

‘Past experience of innovative buildings, for example the Scottish Parliament, show large cost increases whereas more standard projects – like renovating Kelvingrove – have stuck better to their budgets.

Council leader Steven Purcell argues he wants Glasgow to have the best.

‘However, he fails to say he wants the best for some projects like this museum but is satisfied with second best for other projects like schools.’

Mr.Purcell insisted Glasgow’s new primary and secondary schools were not second best and said they have been widely welcomed. He added:

‘The museum is going to be the “jewel in the crown” of the waterfront development.

‘We are getting what we are paying for and it will be an internationally striking world class museum against the backdrop of the revitalisation of the waterfront which is at the heart of the transformation of this city.’

Good news for Zaha as work on Transport Museum looks set to begin

Work on Zaha Hadid’s troubled Transport Museum project in Glasgow will start in weeks, according to local newspaper reports.

The 74 000 000 GBP project looked in doubt after Scottish National Party leader Mr.John Mason called for the scheme to be abandoned back in 2007-06.

Mr.Mason’s call followed the project’s second budget hike in just 18 months, which saw the museum’s costs spiral by more than 15 000 000 GBP.

Despite this, a progress report on the development has, according to ‘The Herald Newspaper’, set the start date for construction as 2007-11-12, with the proposals to be given final approval by the end of this month.

The report states that construction can only begin once work on the quayside walls is completed –- also set for the end of 2007-10.

The news of a start date will come as a major boost to Iraqi-born Ms.Hadid, who had been asked to cut costs on her design.

Work begins on city’s £74 million Riverside Museum

Substantive work on Britain’s biggest museum project has got under way, after The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter, cut the first turf at the 74 000 000 GBP Riverside Museum site.

The ground breaking ceremony marked the substantive phase of building work which will see the iconic building, designed by internationally renowned architect, Ms.Zaha Hadid, begin to take shape on the banks of the Clyde.

The Lord Provost said,

‘Just days after we won the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014, we’re cutting the turf on what is Britain’s biggest and most exciting museum project.

‘Our ambition for Glasgow knows no bounds and our new museum will be a global icon and the shining beacon at the heart of the outstanding regeneration of the Clyde.

‘There is real belief and confidence in Glasgow and I’m delighted to mark the day where we see the birth of what promises to be another landmark we can all be proud of.’

Funding from the museum comes from ‘Glasgow City Council’, with support from ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund’ (‘The HLF’), and ‘Glasgow Harbour’.

‘The Riverside Museum Appeal’, led by Sir Robert Smith, has recently embarked on a public appeal which hopes to raise 5 000 000 GBP toward the cost.

‘The HLF’ awarded 18 150 000 GBP, one of the biggest ever grants in Scotland. Ms.Sheena Wurthmann, a member of the ‘The HLF’ Committee for Scotland, said,

‘Today we have witnessed an exciting milestone in the redevelopment of Glasgow’s riverside.

‘This project will not only allow the Museum of Transport to engage people in their past in a more interesting and dynamic way, but it will be a stunning tourist attraction, bringing life back to this area of the city. The Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be behind the Riverside Museum as a beacon of contemporary heritage for Glasgow and Scotland.’

The museum’s architect, Ms.Zaha Hadid, said,

‘I am delighted that construction on the Museum is starting. It’s a moment of excitement and expectation for all of us working on the project, and for the city of Glasgow.

‘I see “The Museum of Transpor” as a place for people of all ages, reflecting the importance of Glasgow’s significant contribution to worldwide commerce and communication, whilst feeding the cultural vitality of the city and inspiring new generations to innovation.

Since 2004 we have been working with Glasgow City Council to achieve the goal of a new museum and this is a key milestone towards completing the vision.

‘I look forward to early 2011 when the vision will be complete and the museum will open to the people of Glasgow and Scotland.’

The Managing Director of ‘Glasgow Harbour’, Mr.Euan Jamieson said,

‘We are delighted that work has begun to create a contemporary new home for one of the UK’s most popular museums.

‘The new Riverside Museum is an integral part of the 1 200 000 GBP “Glasgow Harbour” development and is being built on a site which has been donated by “Glasgow Harbour” to “Glasgow City Council”. This iconic building will create a unique tourist destination on the regenerated banks of the Clyde, attracting more than one million visitors a year to the city.

‘”Glasgow Harbour”will continue to invest in the area, building on the 25 000 000 GBP worth of infrastructure works which will unlock the site for future inward investment and we will continue to work in partnership with “Glasgow City Council” to realise our shared vision for a world-class waterfront for Glasgow.’

The main contractor on the project is ‘HBG Construction Ltd’. The Regional Director of ‘HBG’, Mr.Ken Mcalpine, said,

‘”HBG” is delighted to follow up our previously successful partnerships with the City Council at both the “Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum” and “City Halls” by joining with them to deliver “The New Museum of Transport” on Clydeside and add to the long list of major attractions to the city.’

The new museum will also provide a new home for ‘The Glenlee Tall Ship’, which will be moored alongside on the Clyde.

The radical design of the building will house around 3 000 objects, ranging from locomotives to Glasgow trams and exact replicas of streets from various stages in the city’s history. When open in early 2011, it will cover almost the same floor space as the nearby ‘Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’.

First turf cut for Riverside Museum project

Building work on Glasgow’s 74 000 000 GBP Riverside Museum is now under way, which has been designed by internationally renowned architect Ms.Zaha Hadid.

Expected to attract more than a million visitors/year, the building will host more than 3 000 artefacts, currently in ‘The Museum of Transport’ collection at Kelvin Hall.

‘The Glenlee tall ship’ will be moored alongside ‘The Riverside Museum’.

‘I see the Museum of Transport as a place for people of all ages, reflecting the importance of Glasgow’s significant contribution to worldwide commerce and communication, whilst feeding the cultural vitality of the city and inspiring new generations to innovation,’ said Ms.Zaha Hadid.

‘I look forward to 2011 when the vision will be complete and the museum will open to the people of Glasgow and Scotland.’

Riverside development gets underway in Glasgow

The first blocks will be put in place for Glasgow’s much anticipated Riverside Museum this month. The new 74 000 000 GBP Museum of Transport on the Clyde will be designed by internationally-renowned architect Ms.Zaha Hadid to house the city’s transport and technology collections.

The new Riverside Museum will be a larger replacement for ‘The Transport Museum’ which is currently located at ‘The Kelvin Hall’ and will allow further showcasing of the city’s maritime history through the museum site and ‘The Glenlee tall ship’. Glasgow’s Lord Provost said of the development:

‘Having won the right to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014, we’re cutting the turf on what is Britain’s biggest and most exciting museum project.’

Architect Ms.Zaha Hadid added:

‘Our ambition for Glasgow knows no bounds and our new museum will be a global icon and the shining beacon at the heart of the outstanding regeneration of the Clyde. There is real belief and confidence in Glasgow and I’m delighted to mark the day where we see the birth of what promises to be another landmark we can all be proud of.’ she said.

The museum opens in 2011.

Glasgow’s ‘Guggenheim’ starts to take shape

The first glimpse of Glasgow’s 74 000 000 GBP transport museum was revealed yesterday as the defence firm BAe Systems pledged 500 000 GBP towards the project.

The roofs and walls of the main entrance hall of the city’s bold new museum, preparing to house displays of steam trains, cars, bicycles and ships, are beginning to take shape.

Designed by the Iraq-born architect Ms.Zaha Hadid, ‘The Riverside Museum’ –- scheduled to open in 2011 –- is intended to be Glasgow’s answer to such icons as ‘The Guggenheim museum’ in Bilbao.

Only about a quarter of the structure has gone up, in what is the first of three interwoven aluminium sheds.

But by May, Mr (sic) Hadid’s design, with waves of steel roofing flowing towards the Clyde, curved like another bend in the river, will be almost complete, said Mr.Lawrence Fitzgerald, project manager for the scheme at ‘Culture and Sport Glasgow’.

Already, he could point out where the museum’s ‘infinite velodrome’, a circle of bicycles through the ages, and a ‘wall of cars’ would be placed.

The reinforced concrete floors are being built to withstand the ten-tonne weight bearing down from artefacts like the steam locomotive, built in Glasgow, that was returned to the city from South Africa and is currently being restored.

Across the Clyde from the museum, the state-of-the-art Type 45 destroyer being built by BAe and its partners, HMS Dragon, was awaiting its Monday launch in the historic Govan Shipyard. A model of the warship will come to the museum, along with parts of BAe’s video and photographic archive.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chair of ‘The Riverside Museum Appeal’, who is organising a drive to raise 5 000 000 GBP in private sector donations for the project, said the 500 000 GBP sponsorship was the latest from major companies, including the rail and bus operator FirstGroup.

Lord Smith has raised more than 2 000 000 GBP in a year.

‘This isn’t about high art, this isn’t about beautiful paintings, but it’s absolutely about the heritage of the Clyde,’ he said.

‘It’s to do with transport, and that has attracted a lot of companies that wouldn’t normally give to fine art.’

‘Glasgow City Council’ and ‘The Heritage Lottery Fund’ have contributed 69 000 000 GBP. Amid rows over the building’s escalating cost -– from an original 50 000 000 GBP budget -– Mr.Fitzgerald said yesterday that he hoped the contracting economy would help bring the budget down.

The cost of glass and steel for about 100 display cases, part of 13 000 000 GBP worth of contracts for internal work on exhibition spaces, could now fall, he said, and tougher competition could also bring prices down.

BAe spokesman Mr.Charles Thompson said the deal with the museum celebrated almost 150 years of shipbuilding history at Govan, adding:

‘We are very conscious of our heritage here on the Clyde. It will be an amazing museum.’

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Comments»

1. Fanny - 2008-11-21

Спасибо за Ваш труд!!

2. eric - 2009-08-08

yes we need to expand Glasgows unique subway into all its disused tunnels and lines its the way forward.or form of light rail.


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