Reporting on our Renovations

Our major renovation project started in November 2014, with the whole GWL team excited to be finally on-site and witnessing the daily progress of the build.

GWL Development Sign February 2015
GWL Development Sign February 2015
GWL wrapped in scaffolding
GWL wrapped in scaffolding.

This phase of works involves a major internal refurbishment to build our dedicated archive and museum spaces and a new learning venue. There will also be significant external structural works and the installation of a lift to the upper floor.

Works have involved driving in sub-foundation mini-piles, pumping concrete and building a mezzanine floor.

Delivering the piles
Delivering the piles
Pumping in concrete
Pumping in concrete

Remarkably, we have remained open throughout the process, delivering an uninterrupted, vibrant programme of events. We have been overwhelmed with support from the local community and delighted to also be welcoming visitors from across Scotland and all over the world.

The arrival of the piling rig
The arrival of the piling rig.

Currently, the completion of the archive, museum and learning venue is scheduled for the end of June, whilst the lift will follow by the end of October.

In the meantime, we still need to raise funds. As with many building projects, costs needed to be reduced and we therefore had to ‘value engineer’ – ie cut out – some very important elements such as dimmer lights, blinds and stackable chairs, for which we now have no budget! Our Women on the Shelf initiative is still open and this is the perfect way to support GWL in raising these costs.

We will keep you up to date with developments – sign up to our mailing list or join the Library to get regular news from GWL.

Thank you for all your support and patience, and please do come to see us soon in our beautiful home.

Thank you to the funders of this capital build project:

  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Creative Scotland
  • Museums Galleries Scotland
  • Glasgow City Council
  • The Scottish Government
  • The Scottish Futures Trust
  • All our Women on the Shelf supporters

We would also like to thank Clyde Gateway for their ongoing support.

Heritage Lottery Fund logo

Creative Scotland / Lottery Funded logo

Museums Galleries Scotland funded logo

Glasgow City Council Logo

Scottish Government logo

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