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July 8 2013

Glasgow Academy begin work on new wing
Safedem have commenced demolition of a west end tenement to clear the way for a new science & technology wing for Glasgow Academy.

The sandstone structure on Colebrooke Street is making way for a £10m Page\Park design which will replace existing facilities and frame views of the main Barclay Brothers designed campus centrepiece.

It will provide 37,000 sq/ft of accommodation spread across four floors and incorporate a 175 seat auditorium, food technology department and 15 large science labs.

Commenting on the project Academy rector Peter Brodie said: “The building incorporates ideas generated by our children and it will transform their education.  It will also allow us to make improvements elsewhere on our campus and provide inspiring facilities for generations of pupils. We believe that this development, which plays a major role in achieving our 2020 Vision, will help ensure that Glasgow Academy continues to achieve a growing reputation for excellence."

Photograph by Alistair Leith.

5 Comments

Chris Stewart
#1 Posted by Chris Stewart on 10 Jul 2013 at 18:58 PM
I realise that the upper end of Colebrooke Street has been shut off to the general public for a while now however the school did knit more into the fabric of the city when this was open and even more so when many of the tenements were used as housing. Demolishing what is a very decent tenement block within a conservation area has to be questionable and the reason to place Glasgow Academy's main building at centre strange when it already sit's happily on the axis of Colebrooke Place and Belmont Crescent a bit strange.
It would be interesting to see the proposals in detail however you feel that the school may be further alienating itself from the surrounding neighborhood, hopefully this is not the case.
Neil
#2 Posted by Neil on 10 Jul 2013 at 19:38 PM
Careful now, that's a Page and Park design.
"Conservation r Us."
Innocent Bystander
#3 Posted by Innocent Bystander on 11 Jul 2013 at 09:21 AM
More of a concern may be entering the building on this corner. There is already a safety problem with parent drop off and pick at this point in the morning and afternoon.
boaby wan
#4 Posted by boaby wan on 11 Jul 2013 at 09:22 AM
having lived in that tenement block, I would question the definition of "very decent" - however agree with the alienation point (although given the attitudes of some of the parents dropping kids off, it wouldn't surprise me if it's an aim of the proposals!!)
Danny
#5 Posted by Danny on 11 Jul 2013 at 13:14 PM
This tenement has had a pretty scary lean on for quite some time. Would be interesting to know what the cost of safe refurbishment would have been and whether it was considered by planners

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