The Kelvingrove Bandstand And Amphitheatre

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Conservation & Preservation of Historic Buildings BSV 09101

1.0 Introduction

The Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre is a Catergory B listed bandstand situated in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow. Part of the Arts & Crafts movement in design style it is a rare example of a covered bandstand which faces an elliptical amphitheatre. It is the only instance of this style which remains in Scotland today. Operational from 1925 until 1999, the building closed due to its continued deterioration, security as well as the health and safety risks it posed. Gaining a Category B listing by Historic Environment Scotland in January 2000 it was placed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland in October 2002. In its heyday the amphitheatre could accommodate …show more content…

The entire tilled roof must be removed to enable access to the inner part of the building so that vital structural repairs can be carried out – they include new rafter timbers and walllplates. The canopy over the roof needs to be replaced as well as some of the iron cast guttering. Repair of the stage, walls and boarded celling are also required. Vast amounts of brickwork need to be repaired and re-painted. The iconic finial which rest on the top of the bandstand should be cleaned and restored to it’s original colour. The concrete seating in the amphitheatre has a large number of cracks which need to be attended to and the surviving benches on the lowers steps needs to be restored. Additional aisles must be added to comply with access regulations but the main centre entrance should remain to stay in keeping with the original layout facing Kelvin Way. The original pay boxes were poorly rebuilt around the 1970’s using inferior brick in a way which does not compliment the original design; they should be altered to restore the grand entrance which once stood. Where possible, existing materials should be re-used to retain the character of the original architectural style. If this is not possible then materials should be alike in both colour and …show more content…

In 1854, Sir Joseph Paxton was commissioned to provide a design for the park. Paxton had gained prominent status as a landscape gardener and architect following his work on the gardens at Chatsworth House in the 1920’s and the Crystal Palace exhibition for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Paxton’s real involvement with the design of the park remains unclear but there are many similarities on the design of Birkenhead Park in Liverpool - with an emphasis of carriage and pedestrian paths winding through clusters of trees - which he was commissioned to do in 1844. The rise of the public urban park in the mid nineteenth century Britain was brought about to improve the physical living environment of the poor, who with deteriorating health, had to endure overcrowding and unsanitary

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