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Glasgow’s High Street revival project is gathering pace

I’ve mentioned the recent  initiative to bring the area around Glasgow’s High Street back into use.

The street has always been something of a notional boundary where the city comes to an end, and commercial properties become domestic accommodation. Many years ago it was more industrial, with warehouses and factories, but these have all gone, leaving deserted areas, or if they survived, lived on as conversion to flats. Some became shops, but many of those closed as the area became quieter in recent years, and were never reoccupied.

You can now read more on the High Street Area Strategy, running from 2019 to 2023, here:

High Street Area Strategy 2019-2023

And, some of the first shop units are ready to be occupied.

A new project, which will see 11 vacant shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into interim/temporary spaces – most of which are for the creative industries – was launched 26th June.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to increase the vitality of areas by generating footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The initiative, one of 26 exciting projects planned as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS), by City Property Glasgow (Investments) and Glasgow City Council. It is also part of the Council’s Space for Growth strategy, which will see several long term vacant shop units transformed into temporary creative spaces.

The initiative, which has already seen success in London and Paris, is part of the HSAS plans to revitalise the area, helping to develop creative organisations and creating jobs while also supporting inclusive economic growth across Glasgow. Moreover, making units will help to support and grow a thriving local community.

New MEANWHILE USE Spaces Open on St Andrews Street

Saltmarket From St Andrews Street

Saltmarket From St Andrews Street

Some of the first tenants include:

SOGO – Sogo is a Scottish based bi-annual lifestyle and arts magazine, which promotes and provides a platform for Scottish creative industries and communities. They intend to design a programme of Art and Artists events throughout the year commencing with the launch a major retrospective photography exhibition by the work of David Pratt.

WASPS – Based in Glasgow, Wasps is the UK’s largest non-profit studio provider for artists, offering affordable workspaces in 19 locations across Scotland, currently supporting 900 creative tenants. They intend to continue this support by utilising Meanwhile Space to support activities in which creators can prosper.

New Glasgow Society – The New Glasgow Society (NGS) is a civic society promoting, protecting and raising interest in the City of Glasgow, through campaigning, discussion, projects, talks and exhibitions. They intend to continue this work throughout their Meanwhile Space tenancy.

TRACTion Cancer Support – TRACTion Cancer Support aims to raise awareness of, and support patients with, ADT (Aero Digestive Tract) Cancers (e.g. lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal chords and windpipe). The charity has been set up by cancer specialists who recognised the growing need for targeted ADT Cancer support in Scotland. They intend to use the space to continue this work in supporting patients with ADT.

Meanwhile Space arrives in Glasgow

There’s more on the beginning of this project here:

Glasgow City Council has approved a new High Street Area Strategy to breathe new life into vacant shops in the historic heart of the city.

The new project will see 11 empty shop units on Glasgow’s historic High Street and Saltmarket transformed into temporary spaces to be used by the city’s creative industry.

It follows years of debate on the city’s medieval quarter – home to 6,000 people and including attractions like the Barras, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, the Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship and the Tolbooth Steeple – being “left to ruin” .

Vacant shops to be transformed into temporary creative spaces on historic High Street and Saltmarket

And here:

ELEVEN shop units in Glasgow’s historic High Street, St Andrews Street and Saltmarket areas are being turned into temporary creative and enterprise spaces.

The Meanwhile Space project aims to enhance the vitality of the neighbourhoods by increasing footfall and supporting new and growing businesses. The first of these, the New Glasgow Society, an art gallery, moved in last month, with all of the other units to be occupied shortly.

The initiative, one of 26 being delivered as part of Glasgow City Council’s High Street Area Strategy (HSAS) and is being delivered by City Property Glasgow (Investments).

CREATIVE Solution To Empty Shops In Glasgow’s Historic Heart

Saltmarket

Saltmarket towards High Street

It must be working – St Andrew Street has already gained a new mural in the past few days 🙂

St Andrews Street Mural

St Andrews Street Mural

17/07/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , | Leave a comment

When you can’t recognise pics of your own ‘patch’

It’s not often I’m left wondering where exactly a place mentioned in a local article is, but when I saw a report announcing the conclusion of a 15-year plan to regenerate a nearby area, I really couldn’t work out where it was.

PLANNING permission has been given for 52 flats and townhouses to be built on a site in Glasgow’s East End.

West of Scotland Housing Association is to develop land bounded By Fielden Place, Fielden Street and Barrowfield Street.

The development is the final phase of a 15-year programme of regeneration in the Barrowfield/Camlachie area.

The ground has been largely unoccupied for at least 35 years having previously been the site of clothing and weaving factories.

FINAL Phase Of 15-Year Barrowfield/Camlachie Regeneration Gets Go-Ahead

Part of the problem was down to complete brain fade on my part, as I failed to notice TWO mentions of Fielden Street.

I only noticed them AFTER working out where the area was by looking at pics of the area.

While it wouldn’t really have helped much, the appearance of this area as it was when the clothing and weaving factories were still present is burned into my mind, as I walked it almost daily between home in Dennistoun, and my grandparents’ tenement home, which eventually became London Road Police Station (after the demolished all the tenements).

When the factories were still there, it was an amazing place for a little kid to walk through, as the were all spewing smoke and noisy steam jets all the time. Clearly, lots of pollution, but it doesn’t seem to have affected me.

Sad to say, there’s nothing particularly photogenic there, one pic of a bit of overgrown waste ground is much like another.

But…

I do have a few pics of the opposite side of the road, and the area that is to be regenerated is right behind the photographer’s back, on the other side of Fielden Street than is seen here!

Need to go back when they’ve finally put something interesting behind too.

Fielden Street 1

Fielden Street 1

The back of London Road Police Station just manages to show in the left side of this pic.

Fielden Street 2

Fielden Street 2

09/02/2019 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , | Leave a comment

High Street area improvement plan sails through approval

I must admit to a certain amount of amazement that the improvement and regeneration plan proposed for the High Street area, mentioned only a couple of days ago, went through the approval process without any moaning, wailing, or objection from naysayers.

I feel so used to seeing SOME people whose sole function in life seems to be to simply say ‘NO!’ to even most obviously beneficial and advantageous proposals, I just expect them to pop up and delay everything and anything.

Happily, they must have been somewhere else (probably still up in Sutherland, working on more reasons to object to the proposed spaceport) and unable to attend the council meeting.

The High Street Area Strategy can be viewed online.

It will run from 2019 to 2023 and contains a range of ambitious proposals to support the area’s revitalisation.

Key actions include:

— Working with partner agencies to promote the preservation of built heritage

— Establishing a heritage trail to link the area’s visitor attractions and highlight historical points of interest

— Introducing a new “Meanwhile Space” initiative to bring vacant shop units into positive use

— Expanding the “Independent Retail Fund” to support shopfront improvements

— Exploring more opportunities for quality public space and active travel

In response to concerns raised by local traders during the consultation process, City Property will also implement a moratorium on rent increases for its tenants in the upper High Street and Saltmarket areas, as well as improving its tenant engagement with local businesses.

STRATEGY To Revitalise High Street/Saltmarket Gets Go-Ahead

Plan to revitalise Glasgow’s historic High Street given green light

I’m still amazed/impressed/fascinated to think that I noticed this problem with the area long before this plan was proposed (I have referred to it, albeit casually, in this blog in the past).

The demarcation line formed by the High Street (and through Saltmarket) is a glaring feature if, like me, you have to walk across it every time you walk into Glasgow and the city centre.

That said, there isn’t really anything to the east of most of that line (accepting things like Glasgow Green and the now emaciated Barras area along Gallowgate), it’s mostly housing, with a few sparse shops below the tenements in Duke Street.

What I think the project will have to concentrate on is that demarcation line, as the shops and features along it are not well served, especially along its eastern edge, while the western side is not really much better. It was once kind of busy, but as the shops there closed or became run down, things just deteriorated further, and the ‘zone of abandonment’ has been slowly creeping further west, especially in recent years.

We recently lost the charity shop devoted to supporting the Britannia Panopticon, ironically closed due to increasing costs.

Hopefully the hint at a moratorium on rent increase will help those still there to stay there, and make it easier for other to join them.

Middle zone.

Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop Closed

Britannia Panopticon Charity Shop Closed

Top zone.

High Street Mural

High Street Mural

Bottom zone (OK, Saltmarket).

Saltmarket

Saltmarket

02/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Lost, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

High Street improvement plan set for council review

I spotted news of plans to revive the stagnated area bounded by Glasgow’s High Street a while ago.

I found that interesting as I’ve always thought it was a shame that much of this area just feels ‘dead’ as I walk through it.

While there are a few interesting spots, there’s little to attract visitors (or even tourists) there, and non-locals are unlikely to just wander there for a look.

Now, “The High Street corridor, from the Cathedral to the Clyde, should be a vibrant and recognised district in its own right”.

The High Street Area Strategy (HSAS) was drawn up from a public consultation on High Street and the Saltmarket, with the council asking residents and businesses how best to regenerate the area.

It follows years of debate on the city’s medieval quarter – home to 6,000 people and including attractions like the Barras, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow Green, the Necropolis, Provand’s Lordship and the Tolbooth Steeple – being “left to ruin”.

If approved, the HSAS promises to ‘better promote the area’s rich history and built heritage, support small businesses and the local economy and enhance the public realm’.

The aim is to put those tourist attractions and independent shops and traders, artists’ studios, bars and restaurants in the spotlight for years to come, and if it goes ahead the strategy will run from 2019 to 2023.

Quoted in the plan, Councillor Angus Millar, deputy city convener for economic growth, said: “As the oldest part of Glasgow, the High Street area has played a leading role in the story of our city. But there has long been a feeling that the area has not been given the attention and recognition it deserves. This strategy aims to address those concerns.

Plan to ‘breathe new life’ into Glasgow’s historic High Street to go before city council

Echoing my own observations, they say “In recent years, too often the High Street has been treated as a boundary, at the fringes of both the city centre and the east end”.

I’ll be watching for reports of their findings on the plan – despite the sadly politically motivated negative criticisms levelled at Glasgow City Council, it actually does a pretty good job of these things, provided you leave your political luggage at the door, and actually read their analysis and ruling on application such as this.

As I noted in the first post, hitting High Street when either arriving in the city from the east, or leaving in that direction, really is just like crossing a boundary – vibrant to its west, and dead to its east.

Saltmarket

Saltmarket

Looking towards High Street from Saltmarket makes a handy reference.

To the left (west) is the city centre and lots of activity.

But, take only a few steps to the right (east), and you will find yourself in quiet, deserted streets, with no shops or other reasons to be there.

To be fair, Glasgow Green is just to the right of this particular spot, but that doesn’t mean anything as you go north towards High Street itself.

Then there’s The Barras (market) but as locals will know, this is really a shadow of its former self these days.

The rest is either open ground, or residential.

30/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Sauchiehall Street changes finally start to take shape

I think this is the first time I’ve taken a look along Sauchiehall Street, and actually felt as if I can see some shape to the revised layout with its widened footpath, cycle lanes, and controlled traffic zones forming a major regeneration of the area.

Pardon the expression, but it really has (inevitably) just looked like one giant road works for months, with no impression of what was coming.

If you aren’t aware of why the whole of Sauchiehall Street appears to one big road work area (complicated by the fallout from the fire at the Mackintosh Building, which clearly added to the existing disruption), this article summarises what we are expecting to arrive: City council plan to transform Sauchiehall Street, Charing Cross and Garnethill moves forward

Sauchiehall Street Avenue Works

Sauchiehall Street Works

In some ways it’s been a shame to see special interest groups, who have been consulted and catered for, appearing to whine on endlessly about being ignored, especially when aspects of the work have not been conjured up out of thin air, but have been applied after consulting similar development already in place in other countries.

I’m NOT going to mention any group in particular, just mention that I get the impression that they ALL seem to think THEIR group should be given priority over the others, or even that they are being ignored.

Clearly silly, and not practical.

But it is a shame how few of them seem to have the word ‘compromise’ in their vocabulary.

It’s almost as if they believe that if they concede anything, that will be seen as excuse to walk all over them, or just ignore them.

I used to think the council was justifiably criticised in the past.

Nowadays, I look at the complaints, and the council’s response.

Now I think the council is the one mostly getting the raw deal at the hands of agenda led groups and activists, single issue campaigners whose attitude seems to be “Our way or no way!”

Update

If it wasn’t obvious from my pic above (and the great big sacks already sitting in them), those numerous holes in the road were for tree planting.

That’s already underway.

IN Pictures — Root And Branch Change On Sauchiehall Street Gathers Pace With Tree Planting

17/10/2018 Posted by | Civilian, council, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Saved Olympia at Bridgeton Cross

It’s quite a while since I made it past Bridgeton Cross and the former Olympia, which had been closed and derelict for the best part of 20 years, and threatened by vandalism and possible demolition.

Originally known as the Olympia Theatre of Varieties, the venue opened on 18 September, 1911, designed by the architectural practice of George Arthur & Son, specifically John Arthur, who continued the practice following his father’s death in 1899. The interior was designed by Frank Matcham (1854-1920), describes as the most prolific theatre architect of all time. The theatre originally sat around 2,000 in the stalls and dress circle, and was equipped to show films from its opening. In 1924, acquired by Scottish Cinema and Variety Theatres (later ABC – Associated British Cinemas), after which the ‘variety’ aspect was dropped, and it became a full-time cinema. By 1938,  new Art Deco interior by McNair & Elder (Charles J McNair and Henry F Elder) incorporating concealed lighting, decorative grilles and other architectural elements of the 1930s replaced the original lavish plaster scrollwork of French Renaissance style, resulting in a vastly changed auditorium with seating for 1,689 which reopened on 21 November, 1938.

Like many cinemas, the Olympia eventually succumbed to falling numbers, and closed it doors on 9 March 1974, having had its name changed to the ABC in 1963. The building came back into use for a time, after being converted into a bingo club in 1978, operated by County Bingo. It ended its working days as a furniture store, although that only survived until 2000, after which the building became vacant and derelict.

It came to the notice of the media in 30 November, 2004, when a serious fire took place within the building, which resulted in the death of which a man who had been sleeping rough within, and who died of smoke inhalation.

Period views of the building and its interior can be seen on the excellent Scottish Cinema web site page: Olympia, Bridgeton

Regeneration

Work began on the £10 million project by Clyde Gateway – the regeneration agency responsible for the East End – to bring the historic B-listed Olympia Theatre back into use exactly 100 years after its first opening in 1911.

Probably the most impressive part of this work was the removal of the building’s 5 ton wooden cupola  for restoration, and its return some eight months later, when the restored dome was lifted back into place by a 60 foot crane.

The building has been transformed externally, using areas of glazing to open up the existing façade with a new glazed frontage onto Orr Street, which allows activities on the ground floor and in the first floor sports training areas and the upper floor offices to be seen from the street. A new granite plinth runs along the ground floor on Olympia Street before wrapping up and over the large curtain wall opening on Orr Street. Primary access to the building is from the corner of Orr Street and Olympia Street, via the original theatre entrance, covered by a new canopy which recreating the original (lost over time) of the Olympia Theatre. More glazing on the ground floor library allows the interior to be viewed from Olympia Street. The foyer now allows access to all levels via a new spiralling timber clad stair.

The regenerated building opened on 3 December, 2012, when the public library and a café opened on the ground floor, with the sports area on the floor above operated by Amateur Boxing Scotland. Office spaces are to follow in the remainder of the building.

You can read a more extended description of the building, its past, and its regeneration here: Bridgeton Olympia : January 2013 : Features & Reports : Architecture in profile the building environment in Scotland – Urban Realm

When I stopped to take a photograph, I was reminded that this was one of the most irritating places where one may try to take what is arguably the ‘best’ picture of the building, showing the entrance in the centre, and the two wall leading away and to either side. Without a ladder, or perhaps access to one of the upper flats on the facing building, you can’t avoid a set of traffic lights planting themselves right in the middle of the pic, in front of the door. The only way to avoid it is to offset the view, and that just wastes the symmetry.

Still, it’s better than no pic at all, and looking at nothing more than a gap site, which I really thought was more likely than not a few years ago.

Seriously though… somebody needs to do something about that damned traffic light!

Bridgeton Olympia Theatre

Bridgeton Olympia Theatre in 2013

16/02/2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Parkhead Cross wins £1 million grant for historic improvement

Parkhead Cross has been granted funding of £1 million through Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, which has just awarded more than £10 million to 12 historic towns and areas throughout Scotland, towards the cost of improvements:

  • £1.6m Falkirk
  • £1.2m Kirkwall
  • £1m Cupar
  • £1m Parkhead Cross
  • £970,000 Inveraray
  • £750,000 Elgin
  • £750,000 Galston
  • £750,000 Selkirk
  • £645,000 Kirriemuir
  • £548,500 Gorebridge
  • £500,000 Banff
  • £500,000 Kilbirnie

The funds are designed to encourage local authorities to “invest in their historic environment, whilst helping to stimulate economic regeneration”. Allocated to local authorities by Historic Scotland, the grants are made available to provide financial assistance for regeneration and conservation initiatives.

There’s already been work carried out on some of the buildings which oversee the cross, and many of the tenement building are of a fine red sandstone with original detail in the carving, unlike the plain stone of building further away from the cross itself. It’s not so long which scaffolding that seemed to have become a permanent feature on Westmuir Street and Tollcross Road eventually disappeared, and we could see the building behind it once more.

Just across the road, another tenement with a fine feature topping the corner which overlooked the cross developed some sort of potentially hazardous defect, and a band of scaffolding was added around its perimeter, presumably to avoid it falling apart and dumping lumps of sandstone onto unwitting pedestrians passing below, which would probably not have been popular.

Hopefully, this addition – shown below – will be something that the grant will help to make disappear:

Parkhead scaffold

09/02/2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scottish towns – and Parkhead Cross – secure significant restoration grants

I know I don’t claim to have the sharpest memory around, but I thought it had taken a turn for the worse after I had read about some grants awarded during the past week, as the story seemed to be changing as I read more about it from various different sources.

Fortunately, when I finally decided to sit down and make some notes, I found that more than one award had actually been reported, and some of the lucky towns concerned were due to benefit from more than one successful application, which is quite an achievement these days, largely thanks to their original applications having been made years ago.

It clearly pays to plan ahead.

Historic Scotland – Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme

First noted was a series of grants awarded under the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme run by Historic Scotland.

This will see six Scottish towns receive a share of some £3 million in funding to be used for building preservation, shop front repairs, and the maintenance of town centre landmarks:

Anstruther, Fife: £500,000
Ayr, South Ayrshire: £498,244
Dingwall, Highlands: £420,000
Irvine, North Ayrshire: £500,000
Portsoy, Aberdeenshire: £500,000
Rothesay, Argyll and Bute: £499,933

(Apart from Dingwall, I know them all – unfortunately, Dingwall gets bypassed as it’s just off the road to Ullapool.)

Since 2005, this scheme is reported to have benefited conservation areas with some £16 million, and the grants come with back-up and advice from Historic Scotland for the local authorities and building owners involved.

BBC News – Scottish towns awarded £3m for revamp work

Heritage Lottery Fund

The second is even larger (per project), and comes from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and amounts to £1.5 million for Rothesay, and £1.76 million of Parkhead Cross in the east end of Glasgow.

The award for Rothesay is easy to understand, as the town’s fans have watched it decay ever since the arrival of the package holiday during the 1970s, which sucked all the patrons away from the town (and all the Clyde resorts of course) and off to the guaranteed sun of places such as Spain, leaving the former bustling local resorts deserted, and starved of income.

Although there have been efforts to regenerate Rothesay, and there is no criticism of the owners of many buildings which are now decaying along the front, the cost of merely keeping aged buildings weathertight can be crippling, especially if they no longer generated income. They can swallow cash just to keep them safe. leaving none for development or restoration to make them more attractive. In recent years, the most decayed examples have had to be demolished and removed.

This dereliction and demolition has taken place in some prominent areas, leaving obvious and unattractive gap sites, raw gable ends and frontages in poor repair. The money will be used to restore the heart of the town – Guildford Square – which lies beside Rothesay’s medieval royal castle, and is one of the first features seen by visitors arriving on the ferry. Project will include the refurbishment of Duncan’s Hall on East Princes Street, buildings in Montague Street, and the former Guildford Court Hotel in Guildford Square itself.

In comparison with Rothesay, the award of £1.76 million to Parkhead Cross is something of a surprise. Often rolled in with adjacent areas such as Shettleston and Tollcross when the media wants to make references to “the most deprived areas of Scotland”, and show images of vandalism, decay, and bad behaviour, the area does not immediately jump to into one’s mind when grants from sources such as the Lottery Heritage Fund are mentioned – and I live in the same area!

However, I am also aware of the wonderful Edwardian building in the area, often neglected, and in recent years, beginning to sprout odd sculptures created in scaffolding, added in order to hold them together for a few more years.

The award will be used to fund the restoration of 20 shop fronts to improve the appearance of the area, and provide a series short-term lets for artists, traditional crafts people, and start-up businesses. This is an interesting development. Many years ago I was slightly involved in further education in the area, and even then people such as writer Liz Lochhead | www.lizlochhead.com (now the second Scots makar) were involved with evening classes being held in local schools.

While the ferry trip might preclude me keeping too close on eye on developments in Rothesay – but I think I will be able to follow them in the ‘Daily Pics’ here: Zak’s Photo Galleries of Bute – I will be able to take the odd walk down to Parkhead Cross, and see what is happening there every now and then, but the cross is just a bit too far away to do this on a daily basis.

BBC News – Rothesay in line for £1.5m revamp to boost tourism

22/05/2011 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rothesay buildings to benefit from £500,000

One of the best sights I’ve enjoyed over the years has been the approach to Rothesay aboard the ‘Big’ ferry, as it passes the various mansions and villas along Mount Stuart road on its final approach to the pier, and the town’s unmistakable waterfront.

Rothesay front and esplanade

Rothesay front and esplanade © Zak

You can find many more views of this area of Rothesay in Zak’s Reflections Photo Gallery.

I can’t say exactly when, perhaps a decade or two (maybe even longer as my perception of anything further back than about five years is vague to say the least), the buildings along Argyle Street and behind the esplanade benefited from something of a tidy up, and a splash of paint, and looked all the better for it.

Since then, without criticism, it’s probably fair to say that the pot must have run dry after that, as there was little maintenance carried out afterwards, and the salty sea air took it toll over the years. A number of shops, and some dwellings, were given up, becoming abandoned and derelict, with some having been demolished in recent years due to their dangerous condition, and the start of 2011 being marked by reports of pieces falling into the street, and just missing pedestrians.

Thankfully, there is now news of both funds and help to assist with local efforts to restore the town’s waterfront view, following an announcement by Scotland’s Culture Minister, Fiona Hyslop.

Historic Scotland’s Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme will be contributing towards the Townscape Heritage Initiative, and a sum of £499,933 will be available to help with Argyll and Bute Council’s plans for what has been described as ‘Scotland’s largest conservation area’.

Together with the straight funding, the council and building owners gain access to expertise and guidance, and residents within the conservation area regeneration scheme will be able to apply for grants in the summer.

Perhaps I’ll manage to make the trip this year. Ever since I made the mistake of tempting fate by making arrangements to meet some friends on the island a few years ago, I have singularly failed to make what had been something of an annual ‘away day’ ever since, as various mishaps have conspired to thwart ‘best laid plans. White Van Man even managed to ruin my car one year – and he was going backwards when he did it! And that was just after I managed to fix the damage one of Argyll’s deer had done the year before.

23/02/2011 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rothesay Pavilion redevelopment proves popular

Rothesay pavilion

Rothesay Pavilion

It seems that the most adventurous plan for the redevelopment of Rothesay’s Art Deco pavilion have also proven to be the most popular with the locals.

The exhibition of various options we mentioned recently took place to a good response, and the most adventurous (and expensive) of three possibilities has been reported to be the most popular of the offerings.

This plan would see the main hall being reduced in size, with the side wings utilised for meeting rooms or gallery space, and the construction of a first-floor gallery, said to be a feature that would restore the hall to its present seating capacity, despite the initial size reduction.

This plan also see the top floor of the pavilion being reopened for public use, with the possibility of a partial conversion to hotel accommodation – those responsible for the project claim their research has revealed a lack of top-end bedrooms on the island (I’m not so sure about that one – we’ll see).

Whatever the ultimate outcome, it’s good to see such interest being generated and followed up, together with the financial commitment Argyll and Bute Council has pledged to ensure the project goes forward. Building such as the pavilion can only come under increasing threat in the future, as they become older and in need of maintenance.

We don’t want to see them go the same way as many of the Clyde cost’s picture palace, razed to make way for flats, such as was the case with the Regal a few years ago, and the Winter Gardens, which may be coming under threat again, after enjoying a successful decade after its rescue around the turn of the millennium.

Read more:

Pavilion plans grab Bute public’s attention – Buteman Today

27/11/2010 Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Open day to show proposals for Rothesay Pavilion project

Rothesay pavilion

Rothesay Pavilion

Rothesay Pavilion is one of our favourite buildings, so we keep an eye out for any news regarding the building’s forthcoming regeneration.

The Prince’s Regeneration Trust – leading the development of plans for the building’s future – is hosting a drop-in event at the Pavilion this Sunday, November 7, 2010, along with architects Elder & Cannon, the Bute Community Land Company, and other partners in the team working towards the renewal of the structure.

Members of the public are invited to come along, and have their say on the proposed option for the classic Art Deco building, and Sunday will be the first time the various option will be placed on display.

Argyll and Bute Council – Rothesay Pavilion Project

The event runs from 11 am until 4 pm on the day, with refreshments and home baking being provided.

Read more:

Rothesay Pavilion plans to go on public display – Buteman Today

Comments and feedback from any readers that are able to attend this event would be most appreciated.

04/11/2010 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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