Civil engineering students get sneak peak at new look Kelvin Hall
Students from Edinburgh Napier University’s Civil Engineering Society got an exclusive first look at the Kelvin Hall redevelopment in Glasgow on a recent site visit with main contractors Barr Construction.
The seven undergraduates gained valuable insight and knowledge into the construction of the much-loved city landmark, currently undergoing a full transformation.
The society received a full site tour and were taken through the plans for the renovation.
Edinburgh Napier students Daaoud Shafi and Joe Derham set up the visit with peers from the university’s Civil Engineering Society. Daaoud had previously completed two summer placements with sub-contractor Crummock which is currently on site.
Daaoud Shafi said: “This is the first site the Civil Engineering Society has visited and as a substantial project for Crummock and Barr, it’s a great opportunity for the group to get out the classroom, see things in practice and understand the engineering behind the refurbishment.”
David Mason, senior project manager at Barr Construction, added: “The redevelopment at Kelvin Hall is an important project for Barr and it’s great that we have students like Daaoud and the Civil Engineering Society interested in the progress and able to visit the site.
“To see first-hand the original Victorian structure gives the students a unique look at the building before it’s transformed into the community hub which will serve Glasgow residents for years to come.”
The new facility will house community and cultural services from Glasgow Museums, Glasgow Sport, the National Library of Scotland and Glasgow University.
A sports centre will also be incorporated as well as new exhibition space, bringing together the displayed collections of the Hunterian Museum and the Hunterian Art Gallery.
The new facilities at the Kelvin Hall are expected to be completed by summer 2016.