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Ryder to lead re-birth of Art Deco Glasgow cinema

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July 1 2015

Ryder to lead re-birth of Art Deco Glasgow cinema
Ryder Architecture is to lead the development of architectural proposals for an A-listed Art Deco cinema on Glasgow’s Renfield Street following its sale by Duddingston House to Carrick Properties.

This will see external fabric repairs carried out from September subject to listed building consent with a second phase of works following thereafter in January 2016 to convert the building to an unspecified new use - subject to planning approval.

In their conservation statement Ryder noted: “… much of the upper façade remains intact today although the ground floor façade has been much altered over the years and its original detailing has been lost.

“The future proposal will seek to create a greater degree of opening to the ground floor centred around the ‘balcony exit ’and the adjacent ‘poster recess’.”

Essential stonework repairs will see eroded material repaired and replaced, alongside a power wash and vegetation removal. An 'unsightly' entrance canopy will also be supplanted with one matching the proportions of the 1930’s original.

A full planning application is expected later this month.

7 Comments

David
#1 Posted by David on 1 Jul 2015 at 11:59 AM
Thanks goodness something is finally being done with this building.

Graham
#2 Posted by Graham on 1 Jul 2015 at 13:14 PM
Terrific news. Really hope the proposal addresses the 3 existing shopfronts as well...
A Local Pleb
#3 Posted by A Local Pleb on 1 Jul 2015 at 14:30 PM
Hmmm, did the original planning application(s) for this and the newly completed office block next door not show this as 'boutique' type of hotel? That application will have lapsed (I think) so it will be interesting to see what is proposed as the immediate environment does not suggest that the original proposal would find a comfortable home! One of the noisiest and most polluted traffic routes, run down or low quality retail outlets. Not the best visual aspect when supping a wee G&T!
Kay Wishart
#4 Posted by Kay Wishart on 1 Jul 2015 at 17:01 PM
Great news I saw many stars in this cinema in the "olden days"
David Flower
#5 Posted by David Flower on 2 Jul 2015 at 10:31 AM
About Time. A right eye sore at present. Agree with comment re low quality reatil outlets adjacent hopefull they can be moved on.
Bill Lindsay
#6 Posted by Bill Lindsay on 3 Jul 2015 at 19:21 PM
Great news. The cinema of my childhood and a great sight when in its full Art Deco glory.
Glen Ferguson
#7 Posted by Glen Ferguson on 6 Jul 2015 at 15:58 PM
The whole of West Nile Street is looking better than it's ever done I must say

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