Glasgow residents are to lead the refurbishment of the historic People's Palace and Winter Gardens in an effort to "secure the building for future generations," city bosses have announced.

The move, described by the local authority as the "largest exercise in participatory democracy seen in the city," will see locals consulted on every aspect of the building's future - including the iconic glasshouse structure - as part of a £750,000 project.

Council chiefs have also announced plans to create a 'sounding board,' made up of heritage and community groups, to support public engagement in the development ahead of an application for Heritage Lottery funding being submitted in 2020.

The Glasshouse was closed on Hogmanay last year after a structural report raised concerns over the steel frame surrounding the ornate structure.

A £350,000 refit saw the museum portion of the building reopen in April, however the Winter Gardens and red sandstone Palace remain closed to the public.

Other glasshouses, mainly in the city parks, are currently being reviewed following the discovery.

However, the local authority say they now want to "draw upon the the knowledge, passion and expertise" of city residents to help create a lasting design for the buildin's future.

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David McDonald, Deputy Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow Life said: "For over 120 years, the People’s Palace has been a gathering place, entertaining and informing Glaswegians and visitors to the city."

“It is the home of the city’s social history, our collective memory, and a place that fosters a strong sense of belonging, but it has also had a chequered past with the building having to close on several occasions to allow significant repairs to be undertaken, particularly to the Glasshouse.

"Now is the time to break that cycle. “We want the building’s future to be rooted in its past heritage, remaining as a focal point for the neighbouring communities, while finding new and innovative ways to tell the city’s story."

As part of the plans laid out by the City Administration Committee, a series of 'givens' on what the revamped building must deliver were agreed, including retaining the existing glasshouse structure, revitalising and enhancing the museum displays and content and maintaining free public access for the museum and events.

The proposals include carrying out a detailed condition survey of all the infrastructure within the building such as heating, electrics, ventilation and plumbing to determine the exact costs needed for the restoration of the Glasshouse structure.

Feedback gathered from engagement with the public would then be used to shape the design work that will identify the different ways in which the building could be used in the future.

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Cllr MacDonald added: "In line with the city’s wider priorities, the People’s Palace could take on a refreshed role in helping us address a wide range of issues such as contributing to wellbeing and good health as well as promoting civic and democratic engagement."

“I believe the opportunities are limitless for the role that the People’s Place can play in improving life in the city, but we want to hear from people.

"The people of Glasgow must be fully involved in co-creating the plan for the future for the People’s Palace."

He continued: “We want to get the widest range of views and draw upon the knowledge, expertise and passion of as many stakeholders and interested parties as possible."

"I have no doubt that our new people-powered plans for the Palace will secure the building for future generations.”

The local authority said further details on the public engagement would be released "in the near future".