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Queen's Park arena, Glasgow

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The Glasgow Institute of Architects (GIA) are inviting architects and designers to submit proposals for a new performance space on the site of the former bandstand in Queen’s Park

The competition invites ideas from architects and designers for an inspirational and flexible performance space that meets the needs of the local community and contributes to the architectural and natural heritage of the Park. The competition will be run by Glasgow Institute of Architects and the Queen’s Park Project Steering Group with prizes offered. The public will be able to comment on the shortlisted designs which will be exhibited in Queen’s Park Glasshouse during the Southside Festival on 22-23 May.

The arena will be used primarily but not exclusively on a seasonal basis from Spring to Autumn, and the range of uses to consider for inclusion are:

  • Music (from classical to pop and traditional)
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Skating (ice)
  • Children’s entertainment and activities
  • Exercise classes

Flexibility is essential in order to adapt the space with as little work/cost as possible for this wide range of uses, with a demountable canopy over at least part of the performance area.The arena should be able to accommodate up to 900 people, down to smaller groups of 20-300 for such activities as daytime children’s activities, exercise classes, young performers etc. A critical aspect of the successful design will be how it addresses its long term viability through its agility to respond successfully to different uses and its resistance to vandalism and other anti-social behaviour.

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