Tramway Theatre
In 1997 Glasgow City Council ran an invited competition with four Glasgow architects. Phase One of the Tramway Theatre was completed in Jun 2000. Phase Two - the Hidden Gardens project by NVA in the gardens behind the Tramway - opened in Jun 2003.

The interior is really fresh and well articulated: the concept of leaving the textures of the old building was pretty novel and created much discussion when the Tramway opened. The Tramway Theatre won the Scottish Design Awards Architecture Grand Prix in 2000. 

Zoo Architects, in late 2004 combined with McGurn Architects to from ZM Architecture. Some architects - Alan Pert, etc. - had split from Zoo back in 2002 to form Nord Architects (Design Nord).Scottish Ballet moved into its current premises in 1979, a converted Territorial Army building. It has major space problems for a company of Scottish Ballet’s size and insufficient studio space.

Scottish Ballet applied to the Scottish Arts Council Lottery Fund for help to develop plans for a state-of-the-art-dance centre, as part of the Tramway complex: this was successful. This project will place Scottish Ballet at the heart of a dynamic international performing and visual arts centre, thereby creating a production and presentation facility of a scale and artistic mix unrivalled in the UK.

Tramway is owned and managed by Glasgow City Council. Brought back to life for Glasgow’s influential European Year of Culture in 1990, Tramway has gained an international reputation.

The project has developed significantly since initial plans in 2003 and Scottish Ballet now has a scheme that will enhance the Tramway without compromising the existing arts spaces. This plan will transform unused spaces at Tramway into studio, workshop, education and office spaces for Scottish Ballet and create the largest centre for dance in Scotland including much needed rehearsal spaces for independent professional dance artists and companies. This project will also benefit the local community with access and outreach programmes forming an integral part of Scottish Ballet’s move to Tramway.


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