Tramway Theatre, Pollokshields, Glasgow, Photos, Location, Building, Pictures

Tramway Theatre Glasgow

Arts Building in Pollokshields. Strathclyde – design by Zoo Architects for Glasgow City Council

Tramway Theatre

Scottish Ballet – Expansion News at base of page

Address: 25 Albert Drive, Glasgow G41 2PE

Phone: 0141 276 0950

Photos from 9 Jun 2011:

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photos © Adrian Welch, 2011

The £3.6m Tramway Theatre for Glasgow City Council, Culture and Leisure Services, on Albert Drive, Pollokshields, Glasgow

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The Tramway Theatre: image from Zoo Architects

In 1997 Glasgow City Council ran an invited competition with four Glasgow architects. Phase One of the Tramway Theatre was completed in Jun 2000. Phase Two – the Hidden Gardensproject by NVA in the gardens behind the Tramway – opened in Jun 2003.

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photos © Adrian Welch, 2011

The interior is really fresh and well articulated: the concept of leaving the textures of the old building was pretty novel and created much discussion when the Tramway opened. The Tramway Theatre won the Scottish Design Awards Architecture Grand Prix in 2000.

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photos © Adrian Welch, 2011

Zoo Architects, in late 2004 combined with McGurn Architects to from ZM Architecture. Some architects – Alan Pert, etc. – had split from Zoo back in 2002 to form Nord Architects (Design Nord).

Tramway Winner
Scottish Ballet
photo © Adrian Welch, 2011
Malcolm Fraser Architects win Scottish Ballet job, Oct 2005
Tramway Theatre Extension

Tramway Extension
Scottish Ballet ran a competition to provide new space by extending the Tramway. A shortlist was unveiled in Sep 2005:

Malcolm Fraser Architects
Nicoll Russell Studios
Reiach and Hall Architects
Schmidt Hammer Lassen

Cornelius McClymont developed the brief for the Scottish Ballet
The project is due to complete in 2008

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Tramway Theatre Glasgow: image © Adrian Welch

Tramway Theatre gardens : Hidden Garden
Hidden Gardens Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch, 2011

Scottish Ballet – Background
Scottish Ballet moved into its current premises in 1979, a converted Territorial Army building. It has major space problems for a company of Scottish Ballet’s size and insufficient studio space.

Scottish Ballet applied to the Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund for help to develop plans for a state-of-the-art-dance centre, as part of the Tramway complex: this was successful. This project will place Scottish Ballet at the heart of a dynamic international performing and visual arts centre, thereby creating a production and presentation facility of a scale and artistic mix unrivalled in the UK.

Tramway is owned and managed by Glasgow City Council. Brought back to life for Glasgow’s influential European Year of Culture in 1990, Tramway has gained an international reputation.

The project has developed significantly since initial plans in 2003 and Scottish Ballet now has a scheme that will enhance the Tramway without compromising the existing arts spaces. This plan will transform unused spaces at Tramway into studio, workshop, education and office spaces for Scottish Ballet and create the largest centre for dance in Scotland including much needed rehearsal spaces for independent professional dance artists and companies. This project will also benefit the local community with access and outreach programmes forming an integral part of Scottish Ballet’s move to Tramway.

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