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The new-look Olympia, home to a wide range of organisations and community facilities



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The first BFI Mediatheque in Scotland can be found on the ground floor of the Olympia

 

Real Life Legacy > Olympia, Bridgeton Cross

 

Olympia, Bridgeton Cross

 

It was following the completion of our £1.2m investment to upgrade Bridgeton Cross that local residents asked Clyde Gateway to find a way to bring the Olympia back into use.

 

A much-loved and landmark building which opened in September 1911 had served the community, primarily as a theatre and cinema, for more than 70 years before closing in the mid-90s. It fell into a sad state of disrepair and was a constant reminder of better and more prosperous times.

 

Responding to those local wishes, Clyde Gateway bought the Olympia in 2009 and spent a year behind the scenes working up proposals to bring it back into use in a way which would balance the desire for a community use of the building with realistic construction and running costs.

 

Work got underway in May 2011, ironically on the building’s one hundredth anniversary, on an £8m project which involved retaining the B-listed façade but demolishing the rest of the building and replacing it with a completely new structure.

 

The new-look Olympia re-opened to great acclaim in December 2012 with a public library and café on the ground floor, a High Performance Centre for Boxing on the first floor and two top floors of spectacular and distinctive office space, by 2018 it had become home to almost 150 employees across a number if high profile organisations, including Glasgow City Council and the University of Glasgow.

 

The library, with its extensive range of books, magazines, CDs and DVDs, together with 32 personal computers offering free internet access, a community room, a children’s area and Scotland’s first Mediatheque offering access to the national archives of the British Film Institute, has proven to be a huge success with the number of users tripling in comparison to its former location and the new look building would be acknowledged by the Scottish Civic Trust and the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.



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