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August 10 2012

Celtic submit plans for new museum and superstore
Celtic FC have submitted plans to demolish the Category B listed London Road Primary School and adjoining caretakers lodge to erect a new superstore, museum, theatre, café and ticket sales office.

Designed by GD Lodge Architects this will aim to contribute to a new ‘stadium quarter’ in tandem with development of the adjacent National Indoor Sports Arena and a retail & leisure park - and will be clad in composite metal composite panels in response.

Nevertheless Celtic maintain that time constraints make it unlikely that works will be completed prior to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The school building had been envisaged to provide the required accommodation but Celtic now state that the structure has deteriorated to such an extent that this is no longer viable and will retain only the existing boundary wall.

Historic Scotland have yet to sanction the move however.

Adjacent to the store an avenue will be cut to provide a clear pedestrian access route to the stadium whilst a series of fixed and rising security bollards will be installed to mitigate against a ‘vehicle borne terrorist attack’.
A series of former school buildings have been demolished recently, including Elderpark Primary
A series of former school buildings have been demolished recently, including Elderpark Primary
The store will reinforce the London Road streetscape
The store will reinforce the London Road streetscape

12 Comments

Ross
#1 Posted by Ross on 15 Aug 2012 at 10:04 AM
I really feel that Glasgow should do more to protect these Victorian schools-so many are lying derelict throughout the city; Haghill primary is another example. Fantastic buildings just lying in ruin.
Matt Bridgestock
#2 Posted by Matt Bridgestock on 15 Aug 2012 at 14:02 PM
Ross, I totally agree, we have looked at a couple of these schools in the city but our clients have found it very difficult to make the financial figures stack up for repairs, subdivision and VAT. There is an urgent need for these buildings to be used, when left empty there is high speed deterioration which then leaves the owner (City Council for many former Schools) the option of very expensive repairs or all to often, demolition.

It would be great if these buildings could be let out to start up businesses, local groups or arts organisations. If they were in use the building fabric would deteriorate much more slowly, would bring activity to empty sites and could, just possibly, demonstrate uses that could attract development money. Perhaps the City Council could run a similar scheme to their stalled spaces grant for vacant, listed buildings?

Cheers
Matt
John McMaster
#3 Posted by John McMaster on 16 Aug 2012 at 07:36 AM
I agree with Ross and Matt on this. we need to preserve some traditional buildings in the east end among all the glass and metal developments being shoved up for the 2014 Games. In the hands of of a sensitive developer, these old scools can make splendid offices - I know, because I work in one - or flats, studios or whatever. This move to demolish the school should be resisted by all possible means
Rab Ha
#4 Posted by Rab Ha on 16 Aug 2012 at 09:53 AM
But guys, you are forgetting - guys in DRS GCC are all Celtic fans, that's why this is plain sailing for GD Lodge. Want to knock the school down? Sure, go ahead.
David Graham
#5 Posted by David Graham on 16 Aug 2012 at 12:53 PM
What football team staff members of the DRS support should not come into this argument.....I agree with all the other remarks regarding the proposed demolition of this school. Too many similar Victorian and Edwardian schools have been lost in Glasgow out of greed from developers wanting to maximise profit rather than preserve the city's architectural integrity, and sheer laziness from the council. As many letters of objection as possible against this demolition need to be sent to the council, only then will Historic Scotland perhaps block the inevitable permission the GCC will give to this proposal. Perhaps they will instead be pressured into urging renovation of this property prior to Glasgow 2014
Rab Ha
#6 Posted by Rab Ha on 16 Aug 2012 at 13:08 PM
David, clearly you are a Celtic Park attendee too then-!

Different rules for East End development in comparison to elsewhere in Glasgow. Fact.
Doug Blaney
#7 Posted by Doug Blaney on 17 Aug 2012 at 09:17 AM
I attended this school between 1954 and 1957, and it was a beautiful building, it could be retained as it is and converted to flats or art studios. We do not need another shopping centre when the Forge Shopping Mall is only a short distance away.
Gary W
#8 Posted by Gary W on 17 Aug 2012 at 16:25 PM
There is already flats around Celtic Park, and if the GCC cared for this building it would have been up-kept by now. They don't care less, It's a shame the building has to go! But due to it failing into disrepair, this is the only outcome and at Least Celtic Want to kept part of the building, I've seen many a time when the whole lot was lost, it may be old, but sorry, sometimes saving a building that is long gone is a waste of money and money Celtic really don't have to spend, and it will help that area out as at the moment it's an eyesore.
Big Mike
#9 Posted by Big Mike on 14 Apr 2013 at 10:39 AM
I would knock the school down in a second. It is an absolute eyesore and with the new developments alround it looks entirely out of place.
Paul D
#10 Posted by Paul D on 15 Jan 2014 at 20:06 PM
Long past coming down. The building is an absolute eyesore. The areas main attraction is the world renowned football club, and the plans Celtic have put in place are welcome and long overdue. A Club of Celtics stature should have an infrastructure worthy of the name, and the outside of Celtic Park has been a big letdown when compared with other stadia such as the Camp Nou, Old Trafford, the Emerates etc.
I for one will not lament the buildings passing, it is a "monstrous carbuncle" long past its sell by date and out of character with the immediate surroundings which are now sports orientated.
Neil mcgilligan
#11 Posted by Neil mcgilligan on 7 May 2014 at 19:05 PM
It's about time something was done about these derelict eyesores! Not one person gave a damn about them until Celtic wanted too. People are hypocrites and not interested in protecting eyesores they only want to take issue with Celtic and that's a fact! Well tough it's looking great over at paradise and when the Commonwealth games come the whole World will see how amazing it is!
Art Vandelay
#12 Posted by Art Vandelay on 8 May 2014 at 13:29 PM
Oh please. Take the paranoia elsewhere, eh?

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