Royston Spire Competition
TO CELEBRATE THE 150th YEAR OF ROYSTON SPIRE
In Association with Rosemount Development Trust Limited
The five shortlisted teams have been invited to present their proposals to the judging panel on 25th June. The winner will be announced at the event.
This is a free event but numbers are limited, to RSVP please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/gia-royston-spire-design-competition-judging-event-tickets-17335404662
The Trust wish to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the spire, which has long been overlooked as a Glasgow city landmark. Glasgow Housing Association are in the process of redeveloping housing within Royston and as part of this process the demolition of the final multi storey block will take place in the autumn of 2015. After this point the Spire will become even more visible to passing Glaswegians. The Rosemount Community Development Trust want architects to develop imaginative and practical design ideas for the spire which should consider lighting and interpretation along with other concepts which may include:
• A lighting scheme for the spire which would see parts or all of the spire illuminated permanently and/or for specific events/times of year. Lighting may be of the spire itself or images projected onto the spire.
• The lighting system should be effective, non-obtrusive to residents in the immediate area, and should also consider the on-going running costs.
• The spire contains four faces each with a clock, none of the clocks are currently operational, original and alternative uses for the clock faces should be explored.
• Architects can consider the potential for the building to be made more accessible in order that the building can be used on special occasions throughout the year, ‘Doors Open Day’ etc.
• Architects should be conscious of the need for security, the vulnerable situation of the spire and costs of initial capital works and on-going revenue costs
• Architects could consider other unattached spires in Glasgow that could facilitate a joint project.
• Architects may wish to consider the installation of cameras on the spire
The aim of the project is to:
• celebrate the 150th anniversary of the building
• involve the local community
• provide an element of innovation and inspiration to the area
• preserve and maintain the building for the future
• ensure the Trust’s financial commitment to the building is not exceeded.