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Future of Strathclyde University’s Architecture Building secured

January 5 2015

Future of Strathclyde University’s Architecture Building secured
Strathclyde University is to undertake a series of ‘sympathetic’ modifications and alterations to its former Architecture Building as part of efforts to turn it into a teaching and counseling space for its naval architecture and marine engineering department.

Overseen by conservation specialists Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects the work will see the existing flat roof upgraded to make the building water tight and fully insulated together with the introduction of 31 replacement roof lights and glazing to match the existing.

This follows a separate application to remodel interior spaces, plans which have been criticised by Friends of the Architecture Building. Writing on behalf of the group Ross Brown commented: “While several modifications have been made both before and since this building was listed in September 2012, the building largely retains its original plan form and much more of its spatial and material quality.

“However, should the studios be further subdivided, or more of the exposed finishes covered or painted, it is likely that this ‘special character’ will become significantly impaired.”

The works will nevertheless secure the future of the B-listed building whose future had been cast into doubt following the departure of the architecture department at the end of 2013, part of a wider reorganisation of services.

1 Comment

Edward Harkins
#1 Posted by Edward Harkins on 5 Jan 2015 at 12:55 PM
Maybe not a building much loved by the public - but with a notable place in an era of architecture and design?

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