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Commercial conversion to rescue an A-listed ambulance HQ

May 23 2024

Commercial conversion to rescue an A-listed ambulance HQ

New proposals to repurpose an A-listed former ambulance garage in Cowcaddens, Glasgow, have been prepared which envisage utilising the space as offices.

Acorn Property Group intends to carry out a comprehensive refurbishment both inside and out to facilitate this change in use, including the formation of a mezzanine level, punching out new window and entrance openings to the rear and a replacement roof covering.

Explaining the proposed changes the applicant wrote: "This study/appraisal was initially prepared by Elder + Cannon Architects on behalf of Acorn Property Group for phase 1 of the adaptive reuse of the Scottish Ambulance Service Building consisting of principal repairs and internal down takings of non-significant and non-loadbearing partitions. This category A listed building is a unique and possibly the final example of the pioneering work built by Skinner, Bailey & Lubetkin - an English architectural practice with a Scottish sub-base which grew out of the internationally renowned and pioneering architectural practice, The Tecton Group.

"The report has been updated by Acorn Property Group to reflect revised proposals but the conservation element is largely unaffected, except RAAC roof panels which are proposed for removal."

Works include cleaning the distinctive ambulance service 'cross' signage and repairs to sculptural fins between windows where concrete has spalled off.

Replacement windows and a new coloured aluminium entrance screen will also be introduced by infilling two large vehicle openings with interior parking bays partitioned off.  


James Hepburn
#1 Posted by James Hepburn on 23 May 2024 at 13:15 PM
How in the name of all that's right and proper is that ever an A listed building?
#2 Posted by Chunky on 24 May 2024 at 10:48 AM
I think the street view image is of the wrong part - it doesn't appear this portion of the complex is part of the application. The St Andrews training centre is a wee gem of a building though.
#3 Posted by UR on 24 May 2024 at 11:16 AM
'X' doesn't mark the spot! I've moved up around the corner.
#4 Posted by Ronan on 24 May 2024 at 12:14 PM
does look a bit like a floating comb!
#5 Posted by Billy on 28 May 2024 at 19:21 PM
Needs demolished. Ugly building. Who would want to move in to that? Category A? So many beautiful buildings at risk then there is this?

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