Design Awards 2015
Glasgow Art Club
Winner: Design Award
The building was in a dilapidated state, where elements had deteriorated beyond the point where simple maintenance was feasible. There was severe water ingress and decay throughout, and a range of ad-hoc and unsympathetic repairs.
The project comprised two main strands – a consolidation element to secure the structure and fabric of the building, halt decay, repair and renew (using reversible methods), and a restoration element where we reinstated elements of the building that had been lost or obscured to restore the original aesthetic intent of the building.
The Conservation Management Plan was crucial in identifying the relative merits and significance of building elements, allowing us to develop strategies for dealing with the building. We were able to use archive drawings, photographs and detailed surveys to identify and remove later accretions and unsympathetic repairs and alterations.
The existing envelope was extensively refurbished and repaired to prevent further water ingress. The stonework was treated as lightly as possible, dressing back to sound and retaining as much of the patina of the masonry as we could, and repairs were done in natural stone and lime mortar.
The Gallery was reinstated to its former proportions, with the reintroduction of a painted frieze and glazed piended roof, incorporating double glazing in a traditional patent glazing bar, supported on a new steel frame in place of the original timber.
Care has also been taken to try and integrate services into the gallery, including flexible gallery lighting, sound system, furniture lift, gas fires and improved ventilation.