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Gartloch Hospital’s A-listed Great Hall facing demolition

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October 16 2012

Gartloch Hospital’s A-listed Great Hall facing demolition
New City Vision, have filed a planning application to demolish Gartloch Hospital’s Great Hall, the derelict centrepiece of the former asylum.

£95k will be spent demolishing the structure, which will give way to landscaped gardens, after the developer judged movement on the existing facades, lintol cracks, collapsed chimneys and deteriorating stonework to have rendered its repair uneconomic.

Vacant for more than 25 years its condition is now such that any repair and re-use would effectively leave only the external walls of the original building remaining.

In a report T. Lawrie & Partners consulting engineers said: “… it is likely that the poor and collapsed condition of the building is such that it is beyond the point of viable financial repair, and on this basis consideration may require to be given to demolition.”

ZM Architecture has converted the remainder of the A-listed buildings for residential use.
The Great Hall has been left to moulder for 25 years
The Great Hall has been left to moulder for 25 years
£12m has been spent renovating and redeveloping the remainder of the site
£12m has been spent renovating and redeveloping the remainder of the site

4 Comments

Sven
#1 Posted by Sven on 18 Oct 2012 at 10:48 AM
The hospital closed in 1997. The buildings were water tight then. The developers bought the buildings in 1999-2000. They knew it was difficult to convert into housing so left it to moulder for 12 years, especially after the housing collapse in 2008. The whole site has been semi abandoned. Make the developer retain the walls and rebuild the hall in sympathetic style as it is an integral part of the historic ensemble.
Ben Cooper
#2 Posted by Ben Cooper on 18 Oct 2012 at 22:09 PM
It's been horrible to see how the hall has decayed - it wasn't in brilliant shape the last time I was there, but since then even more has collapsed. What it used to look like: http://www.catchingphotons.co.uk/blog/?p=197
Phillipe Cook
#3 Posted by Phillipe Cook on 19 Oct 2012 at 21:29 PM
Any reason WHY this fine edifice attracted no maintenance over the past 25 years?
Walt Disney
#4 Posted by Walt Disney on 22 Oct 2012 at 13:22 PM
Looks gubbed to me. If Hysterical Scotland hadn't been so restricted in their outlook 12 years ago perhaps something could have been done. Developers are not registered architectural charities.

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