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Campaign launched to save Winter Gardens in Springburn Park

Although they have lain in ruins since the 1980s, much of the supporting structure of the once impressive Winter Gardens located in Springburn Park remains visible (minus any glazing of course).

Described as having once been the largest glasshouse in Scotland (covering some 842 m²), the structure was built by Simpson and Farmer, Horticultural Builders, Heating and Ventilating Engineers of Partick Bridge using iron from the Temple Ironworks of Crow Road, Glasgow. £10,000 was contributed by The Reid family (of the neighbouring Hyde Park Locomotive works) contributed £10,000 c. 1900 for the construction of the Winter Gardens,  having paid for construction of the nearby Springburn Public Halls, on the agreement that Glasgow Corporation would build a Winter Garden in Springburn Park.

Interest has been rekindled in the plight of the gardens since Springburn Public Halls were deemed unsafe, and demolished at the end of last year. Campaigners fear this could indicate that the remains of the Winter Gardens will suffer the same fate.

In 1985, it seems the gardens were A-listed just two days before Glasgow City Council was to consider and order for their demolition. By 1990, all the glazing was reported lost, and the structure already rotting and subject to vandalism. Despite occasional suggestions that developments were under consideration over the years, nothing has ever come of them, and there have been further attempts to consider demolition by the council, but these have also come to nothing.

Deterioration continues, and up to 2010, it seems that plans to re-use the space and restore the structure ranged in cost from £5 million to £10 million, but were never pursued.

While the campaigners are to be wished the best of luck in saving the Winter Gardens, it’s hard to see how they can have any more success in 2013, as compared to any of the plans in past 30 years, which would have been much easier to implement when the structure and metalwork was far less ruinous, and sounder than today.

Via: No way we will allow Winter Gardens to be torn down – Local Headlines – Kirkintilloch Herald

And: Campaign to save Springburn’s Winter Gardens from demolition | News | Glasgow | STV

You can find a fuller description of the Winter Gardens and their fate since the 1980s on the relevant page in the Buildings at Risk Register:

Springburn Park Winter Gardens, Balgrayhill Road, Glasgow | Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland

Winter Gardens Springburn Park

Winter Gardens Springburn Park in 2012 © Thomas Nugent via geograph

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February 1, 2013 - Posted by | Appeal, council | , , ,

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