Riverside Museum

Client Glasgow City Council

The multi-award winning Riverside Museum is home to over 3,000 objects that detail Glasgow’s rich past from its days as a maritime powerhouse to a glimpse into daily life in the early mid 20th Century and reinforces Glasgow’s global transport heritage, including access to the tall ship Glenlee, a three masted barque which first took to the water as a bulk cargo carrier in 1896 and is currently housed nearby. Glasgow City Council secured the world class museum facility, one of the few Zaha Hadid UK projects, a new landmark destination and a hugely valuable asset for the city.

Capita Real estate and infrastructure provided project management, CDM coordination, and quantity surveying services on the £74m Transport Museum in Glasgow, situated on the banks of the River Clyde in the heart of the city’s harbour development.

The project was completed and opened to the public in June 2011, and was funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Riverside Museum Appeal. Our team worked closely with Culture & Sport Glasgow (Glasgow Museums), Heritage Lottery, Zaha Hadid, Buro Happold, and BAM Construction to engender a collaborative and team-working approach to the successful delivery of the project. 

The minimalist yet complex design with the column free museum space beneath the now familiar, but unique, curved roof profile, demanded the most experienced consultants and contractors to deliver Zaha Hadid’s striking vision. A strategy to procure the main contractor early, along with the key envelope and structural frame, as a two stage package was key to the delivery of this project. Working together closely as a project team, and having complete visibility of the cost of the work packages as they developed, we successfully achieved the best possible prices for the unique design.

Our team worked extremely closely with the client, funders, and contractors throughout this project. An associated challenge was to integrate and coordinate a number of concurrent contracts that were interdependent on each other and critical to a successful opening.  All of these had their own budget constraints and issues that were controlled by a strategic team made up of Glasgow City Council executives and stakeholders along with our project management and surveying team, who had an oversight on the total budget.

The museum is now considered a landmark building which has contributed to the regeneration of Glasgow and is an immensely popular community facility.


  • European Museum of the Year 2013
  • Best Science & Technology Museum, European Museum Academy Micheletti Award
  • Best Engineering Design, Scottish Design Awards 2012