National Theatre of Scotland – Rockvilla

The National Theatre of Scotland creates their new home in the new and evolving cultural hub on the banks of the Forth and Clyde Canal in North Glasgow.

A former cash and carry in the Speirs Wharf regeneration area of North Glasgow has been remodelled and refurbished by the National Theatre of Scotland to create Rockvilla, a new centre for creativity, production and talent development.

The latest in a growing number of cultural organisation driving regeneration in this area of North Glasgow, The National Theatre of Scotland moved in to their new permanent home in November 2016. Other cultural tenants include Scottish Opera, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Sculpture Studios, The Glue Factory and The Whisky Bond.

Designed by Hoskins Architects, approximately 3700 sq. metres of space was created over two levels, allowing the company to house all its rehearsal and production activity under one roof.

The canal-side building provides the Company and the Scottish theatre sector with a flexible, fit for purpose space with three rehearsal rooms of varying scales, creative development spaces, a learning and community suite, a working wardrobe facility, production workshop and technical store, office space, meeting room facilities and social areas.

About Rockvilla

Rockvilla was designed by RIBA award-winning architects Hoskins Architects, based in Glasgow. They have an acclaimed portfolio of buildings designed for the arts and cultural sector including Mareel in Shetland, the UK’s most northerly cinema and music venue, The Bridge Arts Centre in Easterhouse and Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre in Inverness. Hoskins Architects won the commission to design ‘A Gathering Space’, Scotland’s first ever stand-alone pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2008. The construction of Rockvilla was undertaken by Glasgow-based company Luddon Construction.

Rockvilla was supported by major financial contributions from the Scottish Government (£2 million), Glasgow City Council (£500,000) and the Vacant and Derelict Land Fund (£594,481). The National Theatre of Scotland was also successful in its fundraising campaign for Rockvilla, raising over £2 million to date towards the project’s overall costs from philanthropic sources including trusts and foundations, the popular Light a Beacon fundraising campaign and a major gift from Chris and Colin Weir.  The entire projects costs were £6.475million.

Full list of major donors includes: Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council, Chris and Colin Weir, The Robertson Trust, The Linbury Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The Robert Barr Charitable Trust, The Barcapel Foundation, The Binks Trust, The MacRobert Trust and The Bellahouston Bequest Fund.