National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow South Rotunda

Case Study: National Theatre of Scotland, Glasgow South Rotunda

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National Theatre Rotunda Case StudyA derelict historical building on Glasgow’s Clydeside has been given new life by the National Theatre Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme and Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014.

The South Rotunda has been a landmark of Glasgow’s waterfront for over a century. One of two on the River Clyde, it was built in the late 19th Century as part of the original Glasgow Clyde Tunnel. But closed to the public in 1980, the South Rotunda has lain unused ever since.

Coinciding with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, the National Theatre of Scotland decided the unique dome-shaped building would be perfect to host their newest production and festival; The Tin Forest.

Client's Problem

As Glasgow welcomes the world for the Commonwealth Games 2014, The Tin Forest invites the people of Glasgow to retell the city’s story and to reimagine its future.

The majestic South Rotunda building has been transformed into an arts and performance arena, where The Tin Forest story and ten brand new international youth theatre productions can be presented to an international audience during the Commonwealth Games 2014.

With productions from across the Commonwealth including performances from Jamaica, Malta and New Zealand and featuring stories inspired by communities in Glasgow, including Govan (the home of Turner Access) the Tin Forest is a Glasgow and Commonwealth masterpiece not to be missed.


Our Solution

Turner Access Contracts Division used the Turner OCTO® Scaffolding System to provide the structure underneath the South Rotunda to allow new flooring, staging and seating to be installed and help restore this Glasgow landmark back to its former glory.

Turner OCTO® System Scaffolding is designed for greater versatility; achieved through the design of key scaffold components.

The Outcome

The Turner OCTO® joint connection allows a 360° movement, which can accommodate eight components in one cup at the same level. This degree of versatility accommodated the circular nature of the stage and internal Rotunda walls.


Pictured: The scaffolding structure below the South Rotunda and performers rehearsing on stage.

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