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Buchanan Wharf development seems to be trying to save buildings at risk

While the damned ‘activist’ types whine about buildings that are not being used, or potentially being lost (while not actually doing anything useful, other than whining and giving the rest of us sore heads), I prefer to watch what might be being done to help.

A while ago (say a year or two) I started passing through the Tradeston area, which is now known as the site of a development known as Buchanan Wharf. Very derelict and run down, I noticed the worst of the remaining building were slowly disappearing – but not all – even though at least one was looking very ‘At risk’, yet surprisingly remained.

As recently as 1950 there were 73 buildings on the area bounded by Clyde Place, West Street, Kingston Street, and Commerce Street 0 the area where Buchanan Wharf is now being constructed. The buildings provided a variety of uses ranging from engineering sheds to offices.

Dating from the 1870s, two remain, with one marked for transformation as part of the plan, while the other had an uncertain future. Now it seems that building may also have a future.

The so-called Beco building on Kingston Street is the only part of the three-block location that is so far not part of the transformation which will include a campus for Barclays Bank that will accommodate thousands of workers.

But the latest statement about Buchanan Wharf submitted to Glasgow City planners explains: “It should be noted that Drum [Property Group] and Barclays [Bank] now have a degree of control of the Beco building.

“As part of the overall regeneration, the developers and Barclays are committed to saving the Beco building and will continue to negotiate to acquire residual ownerships and look at other options of achieving full control with the City Council.

“Securing the future of the Beco building is very much part of the holistic approach which Drum and Barclays are taking towards the regeneration of this part of Tradeston.

“The Beco building is decaying and has been vacant for several years; due to vandalism and neglect its appearance and condition is very poor.”

The statement continues: “Its appearance and also its condition has led the Beco building to be included in the Buildings at Risk Register.

“Currently, the upper floors are thought to have been laying vacant since at least 2004 whilst the ground floor is still in use.”

BUCHANAN Wharf Developers ‘Committed To Saving’ Second Listed Building At The Tradeston Site

I had intended to grab a pic as I’ve passed through this area recently, but can’t make it at the moment.

Instead, I’ve (hopefully) embedded Google’s oldest Street View images of the area.

These date back to 2008, and show the place was already derelict, and if you zoom into the white sign with the blue writing, you’ll see that the place was supposedly already being regenerated.

11 years on – not a lot had changed, other than the land being used for car parks wasn’t being used for car parks.

Worth bearing in mind when various Green Loonies tell you Glasgow is congested and the place is jammed solid with cars. They really are overdoing their message nowadays, and don’t seem to have realised the place is half-empty!

But if they admitted that, well, they’d have no reason to make irritating whiny noises and be permanently angry.

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16/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s a shame that development plans along the Clyde attract so many naysayers

After following the news for years, it’s become fairly obvious that the only people regularly motivated to respond to articles can be assumed to be naysayers, those who just say ‘NO!’ to virtually any proposals that see any sort of change being proposed.

Try following some longer running or significant stories related to change, and I think you’ll find I’m generally right.

One such subject that often brings them out from under their stones is development along the banks of the River Clyde, and while it’s right that this should be subject to review, it’s also just plain stupid for people to jump up and shout ‘NO!’ before it’s clear what is being done, why it’s being done, and what the result will be.

The naysayers have, of course, been nowhere to be seen as the area along the banks of the river have slowly declined and become deserted over the years, but as soon as any proposals are made to reverse that decline, out they come, shouting ‘NO!’, almost before the proposals have been seen and reviewed, let alone any plans presented.

You can look at the moron comment sections after coverage of this material in the media to see what I mean. There, you’ll find not only the naysayers gathering just to say ‘NO!’ for no reason other than to say ‘NO!’, but others who apparently oppose the whole idea because it will hand money to big business. Interesting idea. Where were those people when money was being handed to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, but not to Tollcross Park winter garden? You’ll never find them when they’re really needed.

However, I’m only going to refer specifically to the reGlasgow article below, where you can see a more balanced presentation of the possible changes, together with a structural analysis referring to the construction of the river’s banks, and why they can’t sustain heavy loads, and need investment to strengthen them if anything substantial is ever to be added – should that be part of a later planning submission.

MAJOR investment aimed at transforming the Custom House Quay stretch of the River Clyde in Glasgow is being proposed.

City council officials are recommending that £25million of Glasgow City Deal money is spent on a new quay wall, 20 metres into the river.

Also proposed is public realm to enhances existing access and connectivity and creation of development platforms to bring activity to the area.

A report to councillors states: “Custom House Quay is the City Centre’s main frontage to the River Clyde and covers the stretch of river between Victoria Bridge and Glasgow Bridge.

“Although Custom House Quay has benefited from limited public realm investment in the past it is not of sufficient environmental quality to attract footfall to the river edge particularly in the evenings when the area is perceived as a hostile environment which encourages anti-social behaviour.

“A condition report undertaken by consultant engineers Fairhurst Limited concluded that the quay wall at this location is in poor condition — the vast majority of the structure is of perched timber construction and is of a similar age to the recently collapsed wall at Windmillcroft Quay.

“The report noted costs in the order of £10million to address structural issues through the construction of a new sheet-piled quay wall.

“Concerns about the structural integrity of the quay wall mean that use of this section of the waterfront for large-scale events is discouraged although the site can still support limited smaller scale events in the upper sections adjacent to Clyde Street.”

VISION For Glasgow’s Custom House Quay Riverfront Set For £25Million Boost

I remember when the area along the Clyde was buzzing with people, and crowded in the evenings too, as there used to be entertainment facilities there, but that all disappeared some years ago, and the are is generally deserted.

Even cycling along the Clyde Walkway there can be risky on dark evenings. I now opt for Argyle Street and Trongate, which feels a lot safer.

The area is very similar in abandonment and desertion to that mentioned previously for High Street.

The two meet just below Saltmarket, and form a fairly dire and deserted corner these days.

Both are in need of the sort of revival which has been proposed recently, and has started along High Street.

Glasgow City Council marketing visualisation of how the riverfront could look

Glasgow City Council marketing visualisation of how the riverfront could look

03/06/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Kinloch Castle plans

One of the buildings which remains very much in the ‘At Risk’ category is still managing to attract support from those who don’t want to see it lost.

That’s in notable contrast to the now usual gathering of ‘Morons United’ in The Scotsman’s comments section after the article.

There, it’s the usual collection of naysayers and those who just want to destroy anything that doesn’t fit into their tiny moronic little world.

I imagine they have the same minds as the current crop of ‘declutterers’ – people who charge YOU by the hour simply to tell you what to throw out (of your own ‘stuff’)to make your house tidier.

Multi-million pound bid to save Scots castle from ruin

Kinloch Castle

Kinloch Castle © Ashley Dace via geograph

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06/05/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

So, St Enoch works started on Monday? (And it celebrates its 30th birthday this month too)

After the daft story about work starting in the St Enoch Shopping Centre on Monday, to convert the former BHS store into cinemas and restaurants, I had to grab a pic as the bus sped past it yesterday.

I could have taken this pic at any time during the past few weeks, and that goes for the interior, where the entire end of the centre where the BHS store was located was boarded off to block any public access weeks ago.

The main reason I noticed that was not the fact that it was boarded up, but the way the many of the floor tiles had been ruined by having holes drilled through them, so will need inevitably have to be torn up and replaced at some time. I doubt any inspector will sign off on the final conversion with that sort of damage in plain sight, and there might even be insurance issues if an assessor decides some poor member of the public could trip and fall over the little holes.

Been looking at this for weeks. Goes round the whole end of the centre, and cut off a portion of the car park too.

St Enoch Shopping Centre BHS Redevelopment

St Enoch Shopping Centre BHS Redevelopment

Update

Just for fun, tried some shots from the bus as it passed the car park, for a wider view.

St Enoch cinema works

St Enoch cinema works

 

St Enoch cinema works

St Enoch cinema works

Some say…

I just wanted to catch the F-Type 400.

Jaguar F-Type 400

Jaguar F-Type 400

This twist on the F-Type platform is the 400 Sport. This model uses a juiced-up version of the same 3.0 l supercharged V6 as the 340 and 380 horsepower versions, but boosted to produce 400 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. The 400 Sport comes only with the eight-speed automatic transmission with driving modes and paddle shifters, but you have your choice of rear-wheel or all-wheel-drive.

The 400 Sport package also includes upgraded brakes, which Jaguar calls “Super Performance” and a set of 20-inch wheels unique to this model. The front brakes are 380 mm and the rears are barely smaller at 376 mm. On top of that, you get “Configurable Dynamics” driving modes that change the shock damping, steering, throttle, and shifting behaviour, so you can set the 400 Sport to predefined settings for comfort or sportier driving, or dive in and create your own custom settings.

Not that I would know anything about it though.

Another update!

I’m sad to see that the St Enoch Centre is about to hit its 30th this month.

Later this month Glasgow’s iconic St Enoch Centre celebrates its 30th birthday.

The distinctive pyramid shaped glass roofed shopping complex – affectionately known as ‘The Glasgow Greenhouse’ – has remained at the heart of the city’s vibrant retail sector since the days of shoulder pads, bright jumpers and non-stop radio play of Madonna’s “Like A Prayer”.

The centre offered something of a retail revolution for Glaswegians – offering shoppers the chance to browse over 70 shops and enjoy a wide range of food options without having to worry about the ever-changing weather.

Built on the site of the former St Enoch Railway Station, which was demolished in 1974, it very nearly never came to be in the first place. The site was originally acquired by the Scottish Development Agency to assist in the relocation of civil service jobs from London.

Memories of the St Enoch Centre as the ‘The Glasgow Greenhouse’ turns 30

It was interesting, but as noted in that ‘Memories’ article, much of what originally made it innovative and interesting has largely gone, replace by the standard franchised shop unit fronts, and the usual big name clones.

Back in their day, shopping centres at least tried to be different.

Today, parachute into just about any of them, and you would find it hard to say which one you were in, or even where you had landed.

St Enoch had its ice rink – but that had to go to make more space for shops franchises.

It used to have giant, illuminated glass/mirrored rotating pyramids. They’re gone too. Last time I bothered to look, they were still in place, but standing still, dead, and dust-covered.

Memories indeed…

The centre dominated the city skyline when it opened its doors to the public in May of 1989, and was officially inaugurated by then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on March, 9, 1990.

Unique in being built separately from the stores under it, its how it earned the ‘greenhouse’ nickname, with giant steel beams (fashioned made in the Port Glasgow shipyard of Scott Lithgow) supporting the biggest glass structure of its kind in Europe.

Costing £46 million, the 260 metre long building comprised a two-level shopping centre with seven levels of parking for 750 cards and 280,000 square feet of retail space (more than four full size football pitches).

In addition to being a shopping and food complex, many Glaswegians will remember that it also had an ice rink, which in its heyday prior to its closure in June of 1995 (to cater for more shops) welcomed 5000 skaters a week.

I think every shop I once used in the centre has gone.

There used to be one that sold giant cookies, or muffins (yes, there is something similar there today, but a shadow of the shop I’m referring to from years ago), and I think when it disappeared, so did my reason for making a regular detour through the centre.

02/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , | Leave a comment

Mosaic surprise in Hill Street

A surprise from a street I didn’t expect to find one in.

I may have to go back, and pay MORE attention in these streets.

I tend to ignore the buildings, as so many have been abused by reuse by the School of Art, and as hotels. Their treatment can be ‘unsympathetic’. Those still serving as homes can be better looked after, but they can also suffer from lack of funds as they can be costly to maintain.

And the new builds there? Well, let’s just say they’re ‘new’.

Apart from the obvious variations in architecture, I didn’t expect to find anything to surprise me in Hill Street, having wandered along it more than once, but there was one, and I guess you should ALWAYS ‘Look Up!’

In this case it was a splash of colour from a mosaic, which turned out to be something (relatively) new.

I’m never that sure of sticking modern additions on established features though. I’m fine with nearby, but this sort of thing makes me think that the hassle listed building protection brings might not be ‘all bad’.

Charing Cross Housing Association 1992 Mosaic

Charing Cross Housing Association 1992 Mosaic

In this case, we have a fairly obvious phoenix depicted beneath a banner, ‘CCHA 1992’.

CCHA is Charing Cross Housing Association, registered in 1976, operating mainly in the Woodlands and Garnethill areas, and set up to address disrepair in pre-1919 tenements. It started new build developments in the mid 1980s. I didn’t find anything specific after a quick flick through their web site.

I’m guessing this building, formerly The Cancer Hospital; Beatson Hospital Annexe; Royal Beatson Memorial Hospital, was one of the association’s projects, and was completed in 1992.

02/05/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Christ Church House 142 Crownpoint Road

A surprising result from a pic taken out of curiosity about an old derelict building with a cross on top.

There didn’t appear to be anything informative to be seen on this building at 142 Crownpoint Road, other than the obvious cross on the apex of the façade, which sits over an unidentified crest with the date 1914 below. There are letters above, but not understood.

I had expected to find this building noted in some of Glasgow’s historic records, but it is not included, unlike the later 1930 carpet factory building to the left, which does have a record, and was built for John Lyle & Co, carpet and rug manufacturers, which were already  established nearby, in Fordneuk Street.

The only reference I could find was this sort note:

‘Christ Church House, 142 Crownpoint Road, Glasgow, Scotland’, Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/place.php?id=msib6_1222165357, accessed 06 Feb 2019]

When I took the pic shown below, the building was an obvious derelict which I thought might have been in danger of being lost, with windows missing, and a clear line of sight through the failing roof to the sky above.

However, by 2017 it had been restored and was being let for industrial use, apparently some sort of artist collective, Crownpoint Studios, but as they only appear online on Facecrook – I’m not touching the link.

It’s just a pity it was not a more notable building, and had more history or detail recorded online.

I chanced across a note about this place (forget where, it was a while ago while looking for something different and not paying attention, search can’t dig up again), but if I remember correctly it mentioned that this was the minister’s house for an adjacent church, now demolished and long gone. I think it referred to lightning bringing down the steeple, but I looked at aerial pics from 1931 and 1947 (Aerofilms) and the church structure does not look as if it ever had a steeple. Did the strike predate the 1930s? As the building disappeared so long ago, it’s not in current historic listings.

It’s funny how this apparently insignificant building, almost in the middle of nowhere in terms of historic interest, can be saved from dereliction and put to use, while more deserving buildings, in high profile locations, are abandoned with no apparent interest in reusing them.

Perhaps the policy of listing, and restricting restoration methods, together with the potential high value and costs of their locations needs to be reconsidered by those in charge.

Making the cost of saving such buildings high could be leading to more losses than saves!

142 Crownpoint Road Christ Church House

142 Crownpoint Road Christ Church House

30/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Impressive proposals for Dunoon revival

I have to give a mention to some plans being proposed to revive the fortunes of Dunoon.

A famed seaside town could be revived with cable car to take tourists up a hill, and rollercoaster to take them down, if ambitious plans for a community buyout go ahead.

The town of Dunoon on the Cowal Peninsula in Argyll and Bute, was once a popular spot for Glaswegians to go ‘doon the Watter’, but its fortunes diminished with the rise of package holidays abroad.

The resort, on the banks of the Firth of Clyde, has fallen off the tourist map but hopes are high it could once again become one of the biggest attractions in Scotland.

An ambitious plan, The Dunoon Project, based on a community buyout of the Corlarach forest above the town, could see it become a centre for outdoor activities.

A cable car would be installed to take passengers up the Kilbride Hill which rises above Dunoon to a cafe and observation spot at the top, according to the proposals.

Going down the hill to a base station, there would be the option of a zip-slide ride down the hill over a distance of four kilometres or a trip in an “alpine coaster” – a type of rollercoaster which follows the contours of the land.

Those of a less stalwart disposition could still take the cable car, or ride down on a mountain bike.

Plans to revive Scottish seaside town with cable car and rollercoaster

It’s an interesting plan, and certainly ticks the box for innovation and ‘Thinking outside the box’, but I fear it has missed one  or two small points.

Dunoon’s success in the days of ‘Doon the watter’ came to an end years ago, along with all the other Clyde coast resorts.

Most of those others have seen a revival in recent years, but I’d say they were luckier than Dunoon in that they are nearer, and don’t need such a long ferry trip, or drive.

I suspect that today, people seek more instant gratification, and the 2 hours or so it takes to get to Dunoon before having any fun is a potential barrier to success.

Unlike the others, Dunoon benefited immensely from the 31-year presence of a US submarine refit facility in the Holy Loch from 1961 to 1992.

That’s not coming back any time soon.

Other outdoor facilities, once popular in the area, have also failed to maintain the popularity they once enjoyed.

Castle Toward was once a popular residential outdoor centre, but once it ran into difficulties, all attempts to save it failed, and it fell of the radar.

Last heard of in 2018, it was still closed, but the grounds were open to public access.

If somewhere with an established record for activities couldn’t maintain its position (regardless of whatever politics or intrigue were, or may have been, going on in the background), that’s another reason I have my doubts about a new venture.

Sadly, I have to say I took a very quick trip to Ayr today, and looking at this sad shadow (so many empty shops, and nearly all the new/recent shopping arcades are almost empty too, with hardly any units occupied, and many of those only open for a few days, or with ‘Closing’ signs in the windows) of its former appearance, also suggests trying to revive somewhere as  far away as Dunoon is maybe a great idea, but with little chance.

I got this poster from a now defunct Dunoon web site some years ago, and have had to expand it as the image they had was very small.

This is dated 1943.

Dunoom Lido Poster 1943

Dunoon Lido Poster 1943

 

25/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, military, Naval, Transport | , | Leave a comment

University of Glasgow Department of Virology

Still to be found (for the moment at least) in Church Street, just off Dumbarton Road, this University Of Glasgow Faculty Building was the Department of Virology.

I hadn’t really noticed it before, being preoccupied with the adjacent multi-storey building, the Pontecorvo Building, Basil Spence and Partners in association with Peter Glover, 1961-1962, which housed the Institute of Genetics, or more interestingly for me, a Paternoster. That item featured in an episode of ‘Taggart’.

As can be seen, these building are now abandoned, and you will also see a demolition contractor’s van parked nearby.

The entire area behind this building (mostly the old Western Infirmary) has already been razed, and cleared for new development.

I assume the two buildings mentioned here will suffer the same fate soon.

Canmore says:

In June 1957 Basil Spence and Partners were commissioned to design the Institute of Virology for the University of Glasgow. The building, situated on Church Street adjacent to the Western Infirmary, was designed during 1958 and the construction was completed by 1962. The new building was to house the first Virology department in the UK, and contained laboratories, research rooms, staff rooms and a library. The four-storey concrete structure is clad in glass mosaic panels and green slate slabs.

In 1958 the practice was also commissioned to design the Institute of Genetics on an adjacent site, but construction work did not begin until 1962. The resulting building, completed in 1966, was a seven-storey structure built with reinforced concrete and clad in glass mosaic like the Institute of Virology.

I also read that the taller building was supposed to be twelve storeys, but Prof Pontecorvo objected to sharing space with other departments, and a compromise was eventually reached, seven storeys still in view, for the moment.

The Department of Virology building’s view is blocked by the narrowness of the street, and it’s usual to take pics from either size, looking along Church Street.

In this case, I was curious to see how my photo-stitching software would handle a set of images taken while standing across the road from this building

It also managed to catch a fair part of the Pontecorvo Building, on the right, which is interesting as it shows that the north face of this building has quite a few windows. If you look at the other side, it looks as if it has very few.

No idea if there was a reason for this.

Click for bigger.

Glasgow University Department of Virology

Glasgow University Department of Virology

This is the more usual view.

University of Glasgow Department of Virology and Pontecorvo

University of Glasgow Department of Virology and Pontecorvo

I even managed a pic from the other side, as noted, few windows.

I’m including this since earlier pics I thought were in here have disappeared.

Argyle Street Pontecorvo

Argyle Street Pontecorvo

As you can see, the older, adjacent historic building (Anderson College, B listed) is staying.

A modern one, with concrete and rebar, is already going.

Dumbarton Road Demolition

Dumbarton Road Demolition

In the few days since the above pic was taken, this concrete lump has been wrapped in scaffolding and a big plastic bag, to keep the dust down while it is pulverised.

On reflection, I think I should have used this wider pic above, instead of the crop, so…

Pontercorvo context

Pontercorvo context

21/04/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , , | Leave a comment

Parkhead Public School becomes a community enterprise centre

I mentioned the building shown below a few weeks ago, when I noticed the scaffolding had finally gone and the refurbishment work appeared to be complete.

What I wasn’t really sure of was how the building was to be reused, who would be occupying it, and what they would be doing.

Seems it lay dormant for 15 years, and it was sad to walk past it as it just lay derelict, and the rot looked as if it was set to begin,

Parkhead Public School Redeveloped

Parkhead Public School Redeveloped

Now:

Two decades on from last working from the premises, careers advice and guidance will once again be delivered from the historic Parkhead Public School building

The building lay empty for more than 15 years and was listed on the Buildings At Risk register, before a massive transformation.

Now the category B-listed building has been revamped into a community enterprise centre with public and office space for various organisations, including Skills Development Scotland and Parkhead Housing Association.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be in the building and to be sharing a space with local community organisations such as Parkhead Housing Association, Playbusters, Parkhead Youth Project and Baillieston Community Care.”

SDS is Scotland’s national skills body, with professionally-qualified advisers working from its careers centres, community premises and in every state secondary school across Scotland.

SDS’s Parkhead Careers Centre is situated at 135 Westmuir Street, Parkhead Cross, Glasgow, G31 5EA and is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Anyone can drop in any time to speak with a qualified careers adviser.

Historic Parkhead building gets new lease of life after massive revamp

This is probably as good an example as any of my assertion that the many old and derelict buildings lying empty around Glasgow are not going to be ‘saved’ just because someone jumps up and down shouting about their unused condition.

They need to find both occupants and funding to make the reuse viable.

There is NO POINT in raising the money (if they even could) to rescue or restore a building if all that means is there is a nice looking derelict in place of the run down and decaying one, with no tenants, businesses, or services operating from it to make it viable.

The REAL issue is not the ‘Building at Risk’, but the lack of any tenants to make it work.

25/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian | , , | Leave a comment

The Monteith survived

A very quick pic of The Monteith, as it recently came out from behind covers and showed that it had not been demolished as I had feared, but has been retained and redeveloped.

I haven’t been here very often (in daylight) since the People’s Palace is currently closed for works, so couldn’t get a decent pic that showed how it looked, but had to stop and grab a view of its current condition.

The Monteith Redeveloped

The Monteith Redeveloped

Don’t remember that tree getting in the way before, but couldn’t stop to play.

05/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Time to stop and not just pass the Savoy Centre

It’s always a shame when places change (for whatever reason) and you no longer feel the need to drop in for a look.

I can remember when the new Sauchiehall Street Centre was opened, and went through its first revamp some years later.

Both ‘lives’ of this place were interesting place to visit, and had some decent big name shops inside. I think this was the first Argos store I used regularly, and there was the novelty of ordering at one end of the place, and collecting your goodies at the other end.

It’s all gone now, completely remodelled, and has useless shops I wouldn’t give a second look to, in fact I barely notice the place when I pass it as I go along Sauchiehall Street. It’s almost like a derelict now compared to the centre it once was.

I used to be a regular in the Savoy Centre too, until it started to slowly lose its interesting occupants too. After a period when I was in or around Glasgow until a few years ago, when I went back to this old ‘haunt’. I found it had gone downhill, looked pretty cheap and nasty inside, had many empty units, and those that were left weren’t the ones that interested me.

It wasn’t very inviting, and I gave up diverting for a look.

Seems I wasn’t alone, and there’s now a drive to get the place interesting again, smarten it up, attract some new occupants, and get people back in the door – all of which sounds like a good idea.

An institution since the 70s, The Savoy Centre with its neon blue sign was once at the heart of Glasgow’s thriving shopping district.

But like many other businesses, the shopping mall on Sauchiehall Street has fallen on hard times, as high street stores struggle and footfall declines in the area.

However, part of the building has undergone a transformation, with the ground floor welcoming new venture Colab, which aims to support and promote community, culture and cuisine with a host of new businesses.

The curated space features a number of independent stores selling everything from printed clothing to hand-stitched goods, with food stalls offering poke bowls and vegan grilled cheese sandwiches.

Natalia Codona, from Colab, says the project is breathing new life into the space, merging old and new businesses together under one roof.

“We’re bringing in a new demographic which of course all the tenants can benefit from and the new tenants,” she explains.

“It’s been great the response from them. They’re all very excited to be part of an exciting new development.”

How The Savoy is getting a modern twist to bring back shoppers

I hope this is enough to revive it.

It would be a shame if not, and another spot on Sauchiehall Street became as dead as the ‘Centre’.

It really is a long time since I fell through the Savoy’s door.

I took this pc back in 2013 – probably the last time I was in there.

Everything was apparently on its last leg!

Legless Savoy

Legless Savoy

02/03/2019 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

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