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Glasgow's historic Kelvin Hall set for second-stage revamp

Artists impression of the new-look Kelvin Hall Image copyright Glasgow City Council
Image caption Artists impression of the new-look Kelvin Hall

A second phase of refurbishment has been approved for Glasgow's historic Kelvin Hall as it prepares to re-open following a £35m revamp.

Glasgow City Council and the Scottish government are to fund £8.2m of works, including a new roof and further developments to the building.

Kelvin Hall is to re-open at the end of the summer as one of the UK's biggest museums and research centres.

The building recently housed a sports arena and Glasgow's Transport Museum.

It will now house 1.5 million pieces from Glasgow's civic collection and Glasgow University's Hunterian Museum.

The venue will also house the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive and have a new role as a cultural, research and training centre.

'Cultural powerhouse'

The project is a joint partnership between Glasgow University, the Hunterian, Glasgow Museums, the National Library of Scotland and Glasgow Club.

Glasgow City Council said that by approving its £6.2m share of the second-stage funding, work could now forge ahead.

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Image caption Kelvin Hall opened in 1927 and sits across from the Kelvingrove Museum

Council leader Frank McAveety said: "Kelvin Hall has long been one Glasgow's most iconic landmarks.

"With the first phase of works set to be complete later this summer, when an exciting new shared sporting, cultural and academic development opens its doors to the public, we are now forging ahead with the next stage of the project.

"Glasgow is Scotland's sporting, cultural and academic powerhouse and the redevelopment of the Kelvin Hall will help us build on that position in the months and years to come."

Kelvin Hall opened as an exhibition centre in 1927 and was used for musical performances before becoming a sports arena and home to Glasgow's Museum of Transport.

Over the years it has hosted major sports events including the 1990 European Indoor Athletics Championships.

The planned second phase of redevelopment will turn a 16,000sq m hall, once occupied by the Transport Museum, into a new home for the Hunterian museum by 2020.

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