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Was the Mackintosh Building fire a cunning marketing ploy?

Most of the media came up with the same ‘feature headline’ this week, namely the record number of visitors at Mackintosh related venues in this 150th anniversary of his birth.

The BBC…

A record 1.1 million people have visited Charles Rennie Mackintosh venues across Glasgow this year.

A series of events to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the acclaimed architect boosted visitor numbers.

Visitor numbers were also helped by the reopening of Mackintosh’s Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street.

In June a fire ripped through the Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art.

150th anniversary boosts visitor numbers to Mackintosh venues

STV…

The 150th anniversary of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s birth has helped venues connected to the artist record their best ever year for visitor numbers.

More than 1.1 million people have visited Mackintosh venues in and around Glasgow this year, including Scotland Street School Museum, House for an Art Lover and Mackintosh House at The Hunterian, officials have revealed.

It marks an 8% increase on the levels in 2017 and is up 30% compared to 2016, culture body Glasgow Life said.

The figures were revealed in a year which saw the completion of a four-year, £10m restoration of Mackintosh’s only surviving Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, and a Mackintosh interior forming the centrepiece of the Scottish design galleries at the new V&A Dundee.

Several venues, mostly in the west of the country, were involved in Mackintosh 150, a year-long programme of events and exhibitions celebrating the birth and legacy of the artist, architect and designer.

However the past 12 months also saw a massive blaze rip through the famous Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) for the second time in four years in June, devastating the building and forcing the school to close its visitor centre and Mackintosh walking tours programme.

Mackintosh venues celebrating record visitor numbers

GlasgowLive…

As the 150th anniversary celebrations of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s life draw to a close, venues and attractions in Glasgow have recorded more visitors in 2018 than ever before.

Between January and November, more than 1.1 million people visited Glasgow Mackintosh venues, including The Lighthouse, Scotland Street School Museum, Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, House for an Art Lover and Mackintosh House at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian museum.

This is an 8% increase in footfall compared with the same period in 2017 and a 30% increase on 2016.

Born in Glasgow on June 7 1868, Mackintosh is globally considered one of the most creative figures of the 20th century.

Figures have been welcomed as a strong indicator of the success of Mackintosh 150 and the continuing appeal of Mackintosh in Glasgow, especially in the wake of the second devastating fire in the Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art in four years.

Glasgow Mackintosh venues have record year following 150th anniversary celebrations

The Scotsman…

Events marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh have helped venues connected to the artist record their best ever year for visitor numbers.

More than 1.1 million people visited Mackintosh venues in and around Glasgow – including Scotland Street School Museum, House for an Art Lover and Mackintosh House at The Hunterian – in 2018, officials have revealed.

It marks an 8% increase on the levels in 2017 and is up 30% compared to 2016, culture body Glasgow Life said.

The figures were revealed in a year which saw the completion of a four-year, £10 million restoration of Mackintosh’s only surviving Tea Rooms on Sauchiehall Street, and a Mackintosh interior forming the centrepiece of the Scottish design galleries at the new V&A Dundee.

Several venues, mostly in the west of the country, were involved in Mackintosh 150, a year-long programme of events and exhibitions celebrating the birth and legacy of the artist, architect and designer.

But 2018 also saw a massive blaze rip through the famous Mackintosh Building at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) for a second time in four years in June, devastating the building and forcing the school to close its visitor centre and Mackintosh walking tours programme.

The record-breaking visitor figure, which includes GSA numbers up to June, reflects the success of the other venues in attracting people through their doors, officials believe.

Venues connected to Charles Rennie Mackintosh record visitor numbers

No Conspiracy Theory stories?

I left ‘The Scotsman’ article to last, since its (surely world-famous by now) Moron Comment section was, I thought, the ideal place to find the Conspiracy Theorists flocking together, and discussing various plans that could have been enacted to boost visitor numbers in the 150th anniversary year.

But, no.

Not a single one,  not even a derogatory comment from any of the trendy/fashionable Mackintosh haters, who could have dug their knives in there.

Still, looking at other stories from around world, which tell of some pretty ruthless people, and of others who just seem to have no clue about the serious implications of what they are prepared to do to achieve their goals, I just can get the image of some little creep sitting in an office, in a marketing and promotions company, coming up with hidden/secret ‘Cunning Plans’ to further their own ends.

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Christmas Mackintosh

Christmas Mackintosh

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Now stuff is getting serious almost on my doorstep

Not really much to add, but some people are disgusting, especially at this time of year.

A would-be thief threatened a woman with a syringe before trying to grab her bag as she left a pharmacy in Shettleston in Glasgow.

The robbery bid happened on Shettleston Road, opposite Etive Street, at about 09:10 on Saturday.

The man let go of the woman’s bag after a struggle and made off along Shettleston Road towards the city centre.

The woman, although shaken by the incident, was not injured.

The suspect is described as white, 5ft 4in tall, 25 to 30 years of age, with dark hair, of skinny build and with a gaunt, pale complexion.

He was wearing a dark, shiny jacket and black tracksuit bottoms.

Woman threatened by robber with syringe in Shettleston

These types don’t even care about the police.

Going from my own memory, this is the second violent incident to have taken place almost outside Shettleston Police Station in recent years.

Oh well.

Pity it was 9 am and not 9 pm.

This is the part of Shettleston Road where the Christmas lights are fitted.

The Chemist’s Shop is on the left, near the illuminated sign, while the Police Station is on the right, where the illuminated square clock can be seen mounted on the side of the building.

Shettleston Christmas Lights West View 2

Shettleston Christmas Lights West View 2

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They completed Parkhead Public School without me

It’s depressing to revisit some projects – and find they have been successfully completed without me watching them closely.

I didn’t realise my ‘new’ routes had kept me away from any regular sighting of this part of Westmuir Street, and that the project to recover the derelict Parkhead Public School building, which I once thought might have been lost, had been completed, and was now occupied and working.

Last time I stopped and looked, it was like this.

Sorry, I know I TOOK pics a while ago, but the filing system has just failed miserably, and I can’t find them, that’s odd (and worrying) as I can usually find pics I know I have even if I have to find them by eye.

So there’s only an ‘After’ pic now, unless I find the lost pics later, and can shove them in as an edit.

I couldn’t get a decent pic.

The length of the building is too much to get in a straight shot, so it has to be caught from an end, but I couldn’t even do that on this occasion. A convention of ‘White Van Men’ had parked along the street here, so even to this pic I had to go stand almost in the middle of the road, otherwise the lower part of the pic would just have been a sea of van sides!

It’s a really nice job, and the building looks great now that it has been cleaned up, and the trees that had been growing in cracks and along the fence removed.

The upper structures, especially the bell tower (I assume that’s what it is, if it ever actually had a bell, or it may have been a disguised chimney) look even better.

More on it here.

A former school in Parkhead is being brought back into use as a community hub.

Parkhead Public School, on Westmuir Street, has been vacant since 1990 – but a year from now, it will be fully refurbished with a new extension.

The category B listed building – built in two phases in 1878 and 1887 – is being brought back into use through the Parkhead Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), in partnership with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and Parkhead Housing Association.

It will cost £4.1 million altogether, and will be handed over to the housing association when complete, to be used as a local enterprise centre with flexible space for the east end community to use, and a range of office suites too.

Derelict Parkhead school will be given a £4.1 million makeover in east end regeneration bid

Lucky housing association, getting that handed to it.

(If that sounds like a slightly sour remark, it is!

I was involved with another, nearby, housing association when I had a building with structural problem, and could not sell it as nobody could get a mortgage, the lenders refused unless it was repaired first.

Far from being of any help, since it owned all the adjacent property, the housing association just ignored us, and expected us to give it the flat, for nothing, since we couldn’t sell it.)

This sort of restoration is NOT CHEAP, something I often point out to people who moan about derelict or unused buildings, and whine about them not being used, and how ‘Terrible’ the owners are.

Those same moaners can usually be seen running away if I suggest they actually do something, or dig into their own pockets to fund the return to use of such buildings.

I can’t understand why, since they SHOULD be glad to – they are, after all, usually pointing out what great assets and money-making opportunities those same buildings represent, and that they should be taken off the current owners, and out to use.

This one needed another £567 k.

Derelict Parkhead school gets £567k boost in bid to regenerate Glasgow’s east end

I always thought this old school was one of the better looking ones from the sandstone era.

Most of the others seem to look very ‘bulky’, but this one looks more elegant.

I wonder if it had a different architect, or if the others were either all by the same architect, and they used a standardised plan, with a few tweaks for each location?

I’m sure somebody knows more about this.

Parkhead Public School Redeveloped

Parkhead Public School Redeveloped

 

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