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Winner announced for transformation of Springburn Winter Gardens, Glasgow

by Katie Buckley | 24 Nov 2014

In a competition run by The Glasgow Institute of Architects, two graduates, James Hand and Nik Klahre, have been named to transform the derelict Springburn Winter Gardens in Glasgow into a community attraction.

The category A (Grade I) listed attraction is the last surviving civic building in this area of Northern Glasgow. Designed in 1900 by James Reid, the Garden was closed in 1985 by Glasgow District Council who applied for its demolition due to rising maintenance costs.

Hand and Klahre are both Part II Graduates from London Metropolitan University, their design is based around an interactive space that allows the Springburn Community to come together - offering a space which will provide "a home for memories and thoughts".

The winning design takes the form of a row of four interconnected sheds, with the intention of evoking memories of the greenhouses that stood on the site prior to its near demise.

Paul John Sweeney, secretary of Springburn Winter Gardens Trust said: "The winning design proved to be an excellent reflection of the brief and it has also responded in an innovative way to the A-listed character of the original Winter Gardens structure."

The Springburn Winter Garden Trust and the Glasgow Institute of Architects hope that this competition will act as a catalyst to redevelopment and restoration of the entire site. Since the winners have been announced, Glasgow City Council has apparently taken further measures to ensure the existing structure does not deteriorate further.

In a competition run by The Glasgow Institute of Architects, two graduates, James Hand and Nik Klahre, have been named to transform the derelict Springburn Winter Gardens in Glasgow into a community attraction. The category A (Grade I) listed attraction is the last surviving civic building in this area of Northern Glasgow. Designed in 1900 by James Reid, the Garden was closed in 1985 by Glasgow District Council who applied
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James Hand and Nik Klahre's winning design for the redevelopment of Springburn Winter Gardens / James Hand, Nik Klahre and GIA
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