Event to power up Riverside Museum

Event Communications has been appointed as exhibition designer for Glasgow’s £50m Riverside Museum this week, after an international pitch involving 44 architects and designers.

Zaha Hadid has been appointed as architect for the project (plan pictured) seeing off competition that is believed to have included: Will Alsop, Foster and Partners, Daniel Libeskind and Richard Rogers Partnership.

Industry sources suggest the design shortlist included Casson Mann, Graven Images, Haley Sharpe Design, Met Studio Design and Ralph Applebaum Associates.

Situated on the junction of rivers Clyde and Kelvin, the museum is scheduled to open in 2009 and will be a flagship development of Glasgow City Council’s 49ha mixed-use River Clyde regeneration project.

It will sit close to Foster and Partners’ Armadillo Building and will replace the city’s existing Transport Museum, which already receives 400 000 visitors a year.

According to Event Communications director Cel Phelan, the Transport Museum’s current collection is world renowned and includes objects ranging from trams and buses to pushchairs and models of ships built in Glasgow.

Exhibition design at the site will ‘tell the story of the maritime and transport heritage in Glasgow’, she adds, and will focus on increasing visitor interaction with the collection.

‘Objects at the current site are virtually uninterpreted. A transport collection is a sensuous collection – objects are meant to be full of people, moving and noisy,’ explains Phelan.

The group’s creative director Steve Simons will lead the exhibition design team.

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