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Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow

This sensitive refurbishment and extension provides contemporary, multi-purpose accommodation meeting the requirements of a broad range of users, whilst maintaining the Burgh Hall to function as it was originally intended: as a focal point and social hub of the community of Maryhill.

Date
2011

Client
Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust

Value
£7.4 million


The B Listed Maryhill Burgh Halls is located at the heart of the Burgh on the corner of Maryhill Road and Gairbraid Avenue, and is bounded to the west by the recently refurbished Maryhill Leisure Centre.

The new varied accommodation consists of a modern public hall, a café and heritage exhibition space, eleven offices of varying sizes, commercial and community recording studios, a nursery for forty pupils and meeting rooms, all located around a central courtyard.

The circulation of the building flows round the courtyard giving a constant, central point of reference to the refurbished Halls. The entrance to the building is through a courtyard shared with Maryhill Leisure Centre, which was formerly the Maryhill Fire Station, and the newly commissioned gates celebrate the former use of the building.

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The Challenge

Maryhill Burgh Halls was originally completed in 1878 and designed by Duncan McNaughtan to provide a social hub for the community of Maryhill; however, the Halls had lain derelict for seven years and were on the Buildings at Risk Register.

The Solution

Through refurbishment of the former hall and administration building, façade retention and selective demolition of the former Police Station and Lamplighters buildings, we inserted new accommodation wrapping around an external courtyard. Our careful design respects the historical buildings, whilst utilising their nature to provide integrated accommodation.

The Outcome

The Halls now acts as a symbol of regeneration, innovation and inspiration for the local community. Its varied uses provide a valuable revenue stream for the Trust, which not only facilitated the project but also enabled the retention of a significant historical building within the context of Maryhill and Glasgow.