Stunning illumination brings Maryhill Burgh Halls back to life 
September 15 2008 

A STUNNING illumination is bringing life back to one of Glasgow¹s much-loved historic buildings. 
Maryhill Burgh Halls will this week be bathed in light as its ongoing 
restoration is unveiled to the public for the first time. 
Lord Provost Bob Winter will officially launch the Maryhill Burgh Halls 
Illumination Project and Exhibition in Maryhill Road this  Thursday. 
It will provide the first glimpse of the ambitious £9 million project to 
breathe new life back into this part of Maryhill. 
Maryhill Burgh Halls was the seat of municipal government in the days when 
Maryhill was a burgh. Built in 1878 and designed by renowned architect 
Duncan McNaughtan, it has lain derelict for some years. 
The building's architectural appeal and historic merit is further enhanced 
by outstanding stained glass panels depicting the trades and industries of 
Maryhill in the 19th century and which are currently in safe keeping in the 
city archives. 
But they have been carefully recreated using animation and light and now 
form the breathtaking centrepiece of the illumination as they are projected 
onto the building on Maryhill Road. They show the work of linen bleachers, 
calico printers, canal boatmen, bricklayers and other workers. 
Lord Provost of Glasgow, Bob Winter said: " I am thrilled to be launching 
the Maryhill Burgh Halls Illumination Project and Exhibition. The stained 
glass windows are iconic and a really great tribute to the skills and crafts 
that this city was built on. That coupled with the building's rich 
architecture and aesthetic appeal make this a great occasion for the people 
of Maryhill and beyond." 
Billy McAllister, Chair of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust which is undertaking 
the work, said: "The illumination of Maryhill Burgh Halls is a red letter 
day for the work being done to reinvigorate this outstanding historic 
It is vital to preserve the city's rich architectural treasures and the 
Burgh Halls represent a building well worth saving. Illuminating it brings 
back life to the building and we want local people to see that their beloved 
Burgh Halls are being looked after, are being saved and will be a hub for 
the local community for generations to come." 
Hunter Reid, Project Co-ordinator and Company Secretary of Maryhill Burgh 
Halls Trust, added: ³The Trust comprises of members of the local community 
and those with an interest in the project.  The Board members are people who 
live or work in the area, together with representatives of Maryhill Housing 
Association, Cube Housing Association and Glasgow City Council. The Trust 
has spent five years putting together proposals to drive the project 
"The overall proposals consist of a blend of well considered and sensitive 
historic building restoration with strong contemporary new build additions. 
So far funding has reached around £1.5 million. We have a long way to go to 
reach our £9 million target but the illumination project ensures we are 
firmly on our way.  We hope to able to start on site next spring with the 
main construction works." 
Funders for the Illumination Project are Glasgow Community Planning 
Partnership Community Regeneration Fund and Glasgow City Council Canal City 
Growth Fund. 
Other funders for the project to date include The Scottish 
Government Housing and Regeneration Directorate Regeneration Division 
(formerly Communities Scotland); Glasgow City Council, the Community 
Regeneration Fund, Cube Housing Association, Maryhill Housing Association, 
the Scottish Government Cities Growth Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund & 
many other generous organisations & individuals 
Following the launch by the Lord Provost a slide show and talk was given on 
The Maryhill Stained Glass Panels by Stephen Adam  by Ian Mitchell, local 
historian and Trust member. 
An exhibition about the Maryhill Burgh Halls project is being held in 
Maryhill Library during normal opening hours from September 15 to 20. This 
is part of Doors Open Day - Glasgow¹s Built Heritage Festival.

Organisations involved in the  work being done now: 


The Designer of the Illumination Project is Adrian Stewart of DO Architecture. The Contractor for the Lighting Project is Scottish Hydro Contracting The project team for the main building proposals is: Gardiner and Theobald - Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Planning Supervisors JM Architects Buro Happold - Structural and Services Engineers The Advance Stonework Contract has been carried out by Scotcourt Ltd. The Conservation Management Plan for the project has been carried out by Austin, Smith, Lord - Architects. 

Notes to Journalists: 
This news release is issued on behalf of Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust by Ross Wilson Public Relations (, PR Consultants. Further information is available from Ross Wilson on 07768 280021 at any time e mail: Hunter Reid, Project Co-ordinator and Company Secretary, is available for interview before and during the September 18 event. Ross Wilson will be attending and you are encouraged to ask for Ross if you are attending. Hunter can be contacted on 0141 948 1105 during office hours. email Images of the illuminated building, courtesy of DO Architecture, can be obtained by calling Hunter Reid.