Outsider for the People’s Palace

Richard Fowler Associates and Silver Knight Exhibitions have won the commission to redesign the People’s Palace museum building in Glasgow.

The winning team beat a shortlist of MKW, Campbell & Co, GLA Design and Expocolour in a proposals pitch, says Richard Fowler.

Mark O’Neill, head of curatorial services at the Glasgow Museums, says: “This is the first time in living history that an outside designer has been chosen for the People’s Palace.”

Conceptual designs are complete and detailed proposals will be ready by the summer. “The design will reflect the working-class roots of the area,” says Fowler.

The refurbishment project will include some interactive elements, audiovisual displays and a giant board game.

The People’s Palace was first opened in 1898 and is set in Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest public park.

To commemorate its centenary, Glasgow Museums is completing the refurbishment of the building. The top floor has already been refurbished, with work commencing on the ground and first floor in this final phase.

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