Case Studies

Building Services

Glasgow Museum of Transport

  • Client:
    Glasgow City Council
  • Value:
  • Duration:
    18 Months
  • Completion:
    August 2010
  • Management Contractor:

FES provided the Electrical Services including HV and LV distribution equipment, small power and lighting, emergency lighting central battery system, lighting controls, IT infrastructure, fire alarms and security systems.

Substantial tunnels, up to 3.5m deep, beneath the floor are the main routes to carry the building services infrastructure such as power and lighting, security cameras and IT cables. These feed into a discreet rail of services running the length of the museum walls.

The communication of the complex geometry and setting out of the steel structure was a key challenge for the entire team. To overcome this challenge, 3D modelling was utilised by all team members for both design development and construction information.

Both the front and rear elevations are designed to have an expansive clear façade with a large overhang, reducing solar exposure to the building interior. The rear elevation provides views up and down the Clyde. A key feature is the spectacular pleated and curved metal roof which houses a low energy heating and cooling system hidden within the fabric of the building.

Councillor Gordon Matheson on the opening ceremony stated: "The Riverside Museum is a breath-taking new home for our internationally-renowned transport collection.”

"The exhibits inside this magnificent new building have been given a further lease of life thanks to some stunning new displays that not only show off the trains, cars, trams and bikes, but also tell the stories of the people who made them, bought them, used them and loved them."