Listing protection could save threatened Port Dundas sawmill
December 20 2022
Historic Environment Scotland is proposing to grant statutory protection to a Victorian sawmill in Port Dundas to thwart its threatened demolition.
The former City Sawmills office building at 124 Craighall Road, Glasgow, is subject to a live application for replacement by 60 apartments, sparking protests from the local MSP and the Architectural Heritage Society for Scotland (AHSS), among others.
The backlash has guided a pending decision by the government body to award C-listed status to the industrial brick building, subject to consultations through 9 January. In a letter of objection to demolition, Paul Sweeney MSP argued that the building is a vanishingly rare slice of Glasgow's industrial history in an area of the city where such examples have '... been almost entirely obliterated'.
Sweeney has also applied for a building preservation notice to be served on the property pending the outcome of HES's deliberations, in effect granting it listed status for an interim six-month period.
This echoes the concerns of others, including the AHSS, which argues that while the building is architecturally modest, it is representative of the untold histories of the working class.
A C-listing is no guarantee of protection, however, as the decision to demolish a later Art Deco sawmill in Anniesland attests.
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