About Advertise with us Get our newsletter
Facebook Twitter Instagram

News

Glasgow apartment block learns a lesson or two from its scholarly old neighbour

Spectrum Homes has helped save a number of important heritage buildings in Glasgow in recent years.

A pioneering housing scheme that mixes the old with the new has begun its final phase.

Spectrum Homes has been redeveloping the former Shakespeare Street Public School site in Glasgow.

The scheme is a blend of refurbished former Edwardian school building and two new apartment buildings.

Work on one of those buildings - the third and final phase of the scheme - is now under way following lockdown.

 The former Shakespeare Street Public School development.
The former Shakespeare Street Public School development.

All 24 apartments in the converted former school building that dates from 1915 have been sold.

A second phase tenement-style building already completed and the final phase will add 56 flats.

The scheme has created residents' gardens in the former school's playground.

It is said the development will help ease housing shortages in a district which is close to the Botanics and the West End.

'Remarkable building'

Bill Roddie, director of family-owned Spectrum Properties, said: “The old school at Shakespeare Street is a remarkable building which maximised natural light for its pupils with two-and-a-half storey windows.

“We are pleased not only to have preserved it but also to have mirrored its architectural qualities and tall windows in the new buildings while remaining in keeping with the surrounding built environment.”

Spectrum has previously converted Hillhead High School in Cecil Street, the former Hydepark Public School in Springburn and Shettleston Public Baths.

 The third and final phase of the development is under way after lockdown.
The third and final phase of the development is under way after lockdown.

It has used advanced preservation and restoration techniques such as façade retention.

It also converted art collector and city benefactor Sir William Burrell’s Great Western Road mansion and is currently engaged in the retention and development of the former Golfhill School near Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

The company also owns some 700 commercial properties across the city, comprising 70% of its group holdings.

Mr Roddie said: “Buildings from the past century can sometimes fall through the net in the city’s estate and become prey to dilapidation, vandalism and water penetration.

'Cash-strapped'

"With the best will in the world, sometimes cash-strapped councils just do not have the resources to make the most of them.

“This is where outside contractors who have specialist skills – especially, like us, in brownfield and listed buildings – can make a contribution and give these important properties a whole new lease of life.”

Spectrum Properties directly employs 75 people and the same number of sub-contractors.

It is actively recruiting to cope with rapid expansion. Established by Mr Roddie in 1988, the company now has a portfolio valuation of £60 million and a turnover in excess of £5 million.

Share this story

@GlasgowWEToday

  • walkinthesnow profile image@GlasgowWEToday 7 titles in Glasgow-based Dirty Rouge detective series are FREE until 8.00BST on 18th Aug amazon.co.uk/gp/product/… 2 hours ago by walkinthesnow
  • GlasgowWEToday profile image"Ends were quickly reversed, and the Scotch stimulated by the cheers of their partisans, renewed the strife with increased vigour, their effort ultimately being crowned with success" (they don't write them like that anymore) #Partick #Glasgow
    hugh_barrow profile imageFrederick Anderson Glasgow Accies first Soccer Cap Scotland’s who scored the opening goal in Scotlands first win over England at Hamilton Crescent in 1874, Twitter embedded image 9 hours ago by hugh_barrow
    8 hours ago
  • Paul4Jags profile imageProper weather. Twitter embedded image 21 hours ago by Paul4Jags
  • jintyMcGuintys profile imagesorry slight change …Tuesday 16th August…. live music continues here @ jintys tonight with the fabulous Joe Gallecher from 21.30😛🎸🎸🎸 — at Jinty McGuintys Irish Bar Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by jintyMcGuintys
  • Visit_WestEnd profile imageSpend your £105 #ScotlandLovesLocal Glasgow Gift Card in local businesses in the West End ➡️ #Glasgow%20West%20End-391" target="_blank">scotlandgiftslocal.com/w… @tcgiftcards @micnx @ScotlandsTowns #Glasgow #visitwestend #GlasgowWestEnd #byresroad #ilovegla #visitscotland Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by Visit_WestEnd
  • MuseumsGalScot profile image@GlasgowMuseums has identified that visitors are looking for more in-depth explorations of the legacies of slavery and empire. They have been awarded £60K to work with visitors to investigate these themes, and to understand how Kelvingrove itself is a symbol of empire. 5/7 Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by MuseumsGalScot
  • PlayPiePint profile imageRose scores again! ⚽️🌹🎭🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #Rose - the incredible and inspiring story of working-class Ayrshire teenager Rose Reilly - which started life here at PPP - is going on the road! #WomensFootball #Italy #Scotland
    weemo67 profile image⚽️🌹🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇮🇹Can you please RT our tour dates for Rose by Lorna Martin! 🙏🏻 Please come along and support us if you can? ⚽️🌹🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🇮🇹 Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by weemo67
    1 day ago by PlayPiePint
  • gla_alliance profile imageHow should we end homelessness and improve the lives of people in Glasgow? We're developing our three-year plan and want to hear from you! Find out more about our engagement events and how you can shape our strategy: bit.ly/3QIianJ #ZeroBy30 Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by gla_alliance
  • GlasgowWEToday profile image“I’m thrilled we have the opportunity to breathe new life into a derelict building and help tackle the shortage of good quality mid-market rental homes" | Glasgow West End Today #canal #glasgow glasgowwestendtoday.scot… 1 day ago
  • artinthegart profile imageWe are so happy to have been able to welcome Therapet back to Gartnavel Royal Hospital. Sammy the greyhound brought owner and Therapet volunteer Sandra, to visit people in IPCU this afternoon. Despite the heat Sammy was heard to comment after the visit "Woof". @TherapetC Twitter embedded image 1 day ago by artinthegart

Get our newsletter

Glasgow West End Today Loading