Core Associates on Ice!

Last updated: 12.17pm, Thursday 9th December 2021 by

Core Associates worked with Itison to deliver Glasgow’s largest ever ice rink – The Ice Experience at Elfingrove.

The Ice Experience at Elfingrove is a new Ice Skating event for Glasgow. It follows on from the successful 2019 Elfingrove Event which took place in and around the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. It provides Glasgow with the largest skating facility in Scotland along with festive food and drinks.

The event experience creates a 1200 square metre ice rink path with a potential capacity of 300 skaters. The venue is covered by an open sided, clear roof marquee, 25m wide and 130m long. Within the event space there is the skate hire and ticketing area which leads on to the ice. There is also a café, bar, silent disco and marshmallow toasting area.

Glasgow architects Core Associates Elfingrove

Itison worked with I-Skate (the company behind Ice World in Vienna, Somerset House and ITV’s Dancing on Ice) to create this fully bespoke ice-skating experience, mirroring a path on the front of Kelvingrove. This creates an entirely unique and exciting experience for Scotland. Fully covered with a see-through roof with open sides, the experience rivals other experiences in the great cities of the world, whilst keeping skaters dry in Glasgow's weather. 

The entire event takes place at the front of the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Access to the museum was maintained throughout the build, as it is during the running of the event and even through the removal phase.

The event production team worked closely with Glasgow City Coucil and all key stakeholders, including the local community. This close collaboration during planning and delivery of the event ensures best practise across the board and minimises disruption for neighbours.

Core Associates provided support to Itison and their suppliers. We liaised with the local authority building control team to ensure the statutory approvals process went smoothly and that the event can operate maintaining the high standards expected of an event in Glasgow.

Glasgow architects Core Associates Elfingrove skating