Glasgow Museum of Transport

United Kingdom

Innovation and Sustainability Gillespie UK Ltd

This project is a stunning example of architectural innovation. Built on a redundant dock, and pinnacle to the regeneration of the water-front area; the Glasgow Museum of Transport is located on the banks of the River Clyde and is the new home for Glasgow’s world-class Transport and Technology Collection, including over 3,000 objects.The challenge of the project was to create a first-class, purpose-built visitors’ centre to provide a unique museum experience for the public with an events plaza.

Key Achievements

Understanding the client’s requirements for outstanding quality and striking appearance and working with specialist consultants on acoustic performance. Providing special Rigitone 15/30 without fleece as the perforations within the board required painting before the application of the fleece. Providing a full-size sample constructed for client approval showing the interface of Rigitone and Cast GRG for both the low and high level work and delivering the project in time for the official building opening in June 2011

Key Challenges

One of the most dramatic structures in the UK, requiring a complex set-out onsite with the mixture of British Gypsum Rigitone boards marrying into cast GRG panels to exacting dimensions, caused by the challenging 3D interfaces of the curved ceilings and walls. It was made more challenging due to the flush lighting design of the project. The vast majority of work was carried out at heights with restricted access into the pinnacle ceiling voids. Use of Gypframe metal components throughout the project enabled the challenging shapes to be formed accurately on site with the development of unique project detailing.


Building owner: Glasgow Museum of Transport
Architect: Zaha Hadid
Main contractor: Gillespie UK Ltd
Photographer: Steve Baker
Saint-Gobain Team: George Conlin

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Gillespie UK Ltd

Gillespie (UK) Limited design, manufacture and install glass reinforced gypsum (GRG) and glass reinforced polyester (GRP) architectural cladding for shopping malls, atria, hotels, schools and universities, offices and other commercial buildings throughout the UK and overseas. The company specialises in full fit out, including dry lining, partitions and suspended ceilings.