Kelvingrove Art Gallery named Glasgow’s favourite building


KELVINGROVE Art Gallery has come out top in Construction Scotland’s quest to find Glasgow’s favourite building.

The Twitter campaign run throughout the 11 days of the Commonwealth Games saw no less than 49 buildings nominated by voters, with Glasgow School of Art, the Barrowlands and City Chambers also scoring highly.

It was some of the less obvious nominations that really caught the imagination though, proving that Glasgwegians are really spoilt for choice when it comes to architectural gems throughout the city.  Here’s just some of those that wouldn’t necessarily be front of mind – The Aspire Business Centre in Rutherglen, Ruchill Church Hall, The Hat Rack on St Vincent St, The Bellgrove Hotel, The Clydeport Building, Lion Chambers on Hope St and the Provan Gasometers.

Bill McBride of Construction Scotland – the leadership organisation for the whole Scottish construction industry which employs over 170,000 people, in more than 31,000 businesses across the country  – said, “Kelvingrove Art Gallery is a truly magnificent building and I’m not surprised to see it voted favourite in our campaign, so well done to everyone who works hard to keep it one of the city’s architectural and cultural gems, and one that we can all be rightly proud of.

“I also really enjoyed seeing the votes come in and even as someone born and bred in Glasgow had to check out some of the less obvious nominations to see for myself what it was that made people cast their vote for them.  What also struck me was the mix of traditional and modern – a great accolade to some of our newer buildings and also a confirmation that there’s more than enough room for both a city that has enjoyed worldwide acclaim over the last couple of weeks.

“There’s no doubt that we will see many more international visitors come to Glasgow as a result of the Games and if they manage to take in even a fraction of the buildings nominated here then they will get a real flavor of this great place.”