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Maryhill School set for residential conversion

November 26 2015

Maryhill School set for residential conversion
A former public school in Maryhill, Glasgow, is to be converted to form 29 flats with a further 56 homes built in the grounds under plans penned by Spectrum Properties and Jewitt and Wilkie Architects.

Shakespeare Street Public School itself will be sensitively restored with the playground landscaped to form resident’s gardens. Nearby waste ground will also be built upon for the tenement style new build element.

In their design statement the architects observed: “Both blocks sit to the outermost edge of the site so as to maintain the setting of Shakespeare Street School whilst increasing the residential density of the site. This also frees up the centre of the site for a landscaped garden amenity.

“A dark red/brown brick is proposed with relief brought to the elevation in the form of recesses to the elevation signifying the entrance. The rigorous rhythm of window openings reflects that of the traditional tenement context with a string coursing and entrance signage zone picked out in precast concrete. Finally to either end of the proposed the elevation steps forward and up to signify a termination to the terrace.”

Spectrum Properties are also undertaking a similar conversion of the B-listed Dalmarnock School.
New builds are set back to maintain the prominenece of the school's Shakespeare Street frontage
New builds are set back to maintain the prominenece of the school's Shakespeare Street frontage
The 1915 main school building will be sensitively restored
The 1915 main school building will be sensitively restored


Big Dawg
#1 Posted by Big Dawg on 26 Nov 2015 at 13:56 PM
I like this. Its good to see the old Glasgow schools restored. The new build has a flavour of the new Laurieston development, rigorous and tightly designed the detailing will have to be spot on. Why do GCC insist on such arbitrarily high parking numbers given its location to shops and transport links at the expense of decent outdoor space. (spurious pink oval and curvy path aside)
Sir Ano
#2 Posted by Sir Ano on 26 Nov 2015 at 17:16 PM
I wouldn't say under one space per unit was arbitrarily high.
#3 Posted by Matt on 26 Nov 2015 at 17:30 PM
Great to see a local landmark saved and converted. It looks like Spectrum / JAW have a good model that might work across the city? If it does, that has to be applauded.
#4 Posted by Ross on 29 Nov 2015 at 14:38 PM
I would love this design to set a trend for Haghill and Craigpark Primary in Dennistoun!
Wilma Mearns
#5 Posted by Wilma Mearns on 3 Jun 2016 at 17:53 PM
Glad to see my old school is not being demolished! Must go and take photos before it changes. How long have I got?
(Pupil 1966-72)

Craig Spencer
#6 Posted by Craig Spencer on 19 Feb 2017 at 22:05 PM
Good to see that GCC are now preserving local architectural heritage. Too many former school buildings have been left to rot or demolished. Thanks to Spectrum Properties and their architects for preserving another local landmark. I agree with Ross, Haghill and Golfhill Primaries should also be renovated.
#7 Posted by Andrew on 11 Oct 2018 at 21:22 PM
Unfortunately the new buildings on the old wild land/dog walking area are rather ugly compared to the surrounding and are going to be so tall and built to the edges of the site as to spoil the school and remaining sandstone nearby. Good to see the school being kept alive though (even if they are squeezing in extra floors) I hope it's done well. Haghill Primary on Marwick St in Dennistoun is a tragedy.

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