Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust is a community led organisation set up specifically for the purposes of the redevelopment of the Burgh Halls and its long term management, bringing the Halls back into the heart of the Maryhill community. 

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Through the refurbishment, selective demolition and new build, the Trust has developed a viable and self supporting building that offers facilities for the local community as well as flexible facilities for businesses, third sector and social economy and community organisations to locate in the area.  It has also been able to bring Maryhill Burgh Halls, an historically important building that has been little used in recent years back into the public arena.

The Burgh Halls lie at the centre of an area primed for significant regeneration activity in the coming years, including investment in the nearby Forth and Clyde canal as well as considerable investment in housing and leisure developments.

The buildings complex, consisting of Maryhill Baths, Maryhill Burgh Halls, Maryhill Fire Station and Maryhill Police Station was in the ownership of Glasgow City Council. They agreed to sell the Burgh Halls, former Police Station and adjoining land to the Burgh Halls Trust at market value, returning the capital receipt to the Trust – making the sale effectively at nil cost to the Trust. The buildings were constructed at the end of the 19th century and are Category B listed by Historic Scotland (the Fire Station is Category C listed).  Maryhill was an independent Burgh from 1856 till 1891, during which time, and beyond, the Burgh Halls provided a focus for local civic activity. 

The buildings were home to a series of twenty wonderful stained glass windows designed and made by the Glasgow firm of Stephen Adam.  The panels depict the trades and industries in Maryhill in the late 19th century and are of great significance to the local area and beyond.  The panels were in storage in the Burrell Museum.  The Trust, Glasgow City Council and Historic Scotland have arranged that some of the panels are now be returned to the Halls and back on public display.

Our Vision

Our overall vision is to bring Maryhill Burgh Halls back into the heart of the community of Maryhill, to ensure it once more becomes a focal point for local community activity and pride.

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Our Aims

Through the development of the new Maryhill Burgh Halls, we are aiming:

  • To provide accommodation to enable the development of local services 
  • To provide a focus in the centre of the community for community activity and celebration 
  • To encourage increased levels of community participation in local activities, including the management of the Halls.  
  • To complement other regeneration activity in the area. 
  • Through activities based in the centre to help to increase confidence amongst young people and adults
  • Through increased access to learning and personal development, to help to increase skills levels locally 
  • To engender an increased sense of local history and heritage amongst local residents 
  • To increase awareness of Maryhill and its history outside the area
  • To contribute to building a sense of pride in the area.  
  • To ensure that the building is well maintained and the focus it provides is financially sustainable.
  • To provide accommodation to enable the development of local services 
  • To provide a focus in the centre of the community for community activity and celebration 
  • To encourage increased levels of community participation in local activities, including the management of the Halls.  
  • To complement other regeneration activity in the area. 
  • Through activities based in the centre to help to increase confidence amongst young people and adults
  • Through increased access to learning and personal development, to help to increase skills levels locally 
  • To engender an increased sense of local history and heritage amongst local residents 
  • To increase awareness of Maryhill and its history outside the area
  • To contribute to building a sense of pride in the area.  
  • To ensure that the building is well maintained and the focus it provides is financially sustainable.

Summary of Accommodation 

Maryhill Burgh Halls has been developed for mixed usage – that is for community, third sector, public sector and business usage.  The Trust aims to maximise the community usage of the building, supported by commercial activity to ensure its viability. 

  • The building will offer some 14,500sq ft (1,350 sq m) of directly lettable business space in up to 13 discrete units.         
    • Property letting and management of the offices are carried out by a specialist Letting Agent (James Barr)
    • The Hall is be the centrepiece of the Burgh Hall project.  The hall offers flexibility to be used for weddings and social gatherings, conferences, for classes (for example in music, theatre and dance) and rehearsals and for musical and theatrical productions. 
    • A café is open to the general public and community based projects and local organisations based in the Halls.         
      • The café is let to an external provider. 
      • The Burgh Halls includes a nursery offering childcare places in an area where demand is high.          
        • The Trust offers the nursery provision through letting the premises to a specialist provider. 
        • The design has incorporated a secure garden courtyard area offering the opportunity for tenants and users of the halls and café to take a break outdoors. 
        • The building will have a gallery or interpretation space so artefacts and information of local interest can be displayed. The Trust will bring back a series of historically important stained glass panels into the building, attracting local people and tourists to view an important piece of local heritage. Linkages to the Forth and Clyde Canal will be displayed.
        • The Building will include a commercial recording studio and linked to it a youth and community music studio and rehearsal space.         
          • The Trust aims to encourage the development of a youth and community music focus in the centre – supporting the development and location of a project in the Burgh Halls to promote learning about the practice and technical elements of music in the area. This service will make use of the privately run recording studio and associated rehearsal space.  

The refurbishment of the Burgh Halls is complementary to the redevelopment of the adjacent buildings (the former Baths and Fire Station) by Glasgow City Council to form a local community sports and leisure centre.  This contains a 25m swimming pool, a toddler’s pool, health and fitness suites and a dance/multi-purpose studio space.  This project started on site in late 2007 and opened in early April 2010.

Ground Floor - click the diagram above for a full-size version in PDF.

First Floor - click the diagram above for a full-size version in PDF.

Second Floor - click the diagram above for a full-size version in PDF.

Community involvement and involvement of local organisations

The Burgh Halls has developed very strong links with the local community in developing the plans for the redevelopment of the building, including, for example:

  • Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust Board is community led - involving local residents and organisations. 
  • The Trust is a membership organisation – with the majority of members coming from the local community. 
  • Major community consultation exercises were done in 2002, 2005 and 2008 (including surveys, exhibitions in the local library, community centres and shopping centre and Open Days). Presentations have also been  made to local community councils, Housing Associations and other community organisations etc
  • The Trust has been and will continue to be involved with local schools, including undertaking specific consultation with young people and has also developed projects with Strathclyde University students from the Department of Architecture and Building Science. 
  • The Trust has had a strong involvement each year in the European Heritage Doors Open Days and has involved over 150 children from 5 local school performing with artistes from Scottish Opera, the Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Mischief Las-Bas Theatre Company. 
  • The Trust has worked, through Space Unlimited, with groups of young people from the two local secondary schools to develop their ideas on how young people can better access the Halls

There has been and continues to be a significant level involvement of 2 local partner Housing Associations. They have agreed that they will continue to provide HR and financial management support for the Trust now the building is complete and the Trust is employing staff. 

Money and timescales

Capital costs

The overall development cost of the project is around £9.6m with capital works costing £6.7m. There was a £1.5 m spend on advanced works and other development costs.

The Main funding sources are:

The main funding sources for the development are:

  • Scottish Government City Growth Fund Phases 1 and 2 - £1.26m 
  • The Heritage Lottery Fund - £1.16m
  • Big Lottery (Growing Community Assets) - £980,910
  • The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - £1.327m
  • Glasgow City Council Better Glasgow Fund – £1.02m
  • Glasgow City Council Vacant and Derelict Land Fund - £675,000
  • Scottish Government Town Centre Regeneration Fund - £1.8m
  • Historic Scotland - £500,000
  • Scottish Government Wider Role Fund - £764,000
  • Robertson Trust - £28,000

Revenue

The business plan shows that the building breaks even at 80% occupancy, assuming Halls and meeting room usage is as predicted. In the first 18 months, there will be a revenue gap of some £160,000 which will require to be filled by revenue grant funding. 

From the start of the project a sinking fund will be set aside for long term cyclical maintenance

Timescale

The Burgh Halls started on site in November 2009.  The building contract is scheduled for completion towards the end of 2011, and official opening of the Halls occurred in April 2012.

“I’m 100 percent behind this”

 - local resident