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Cathcart School forms basis for 49 new homes

September 19 2017

Cathcart School forms basis for 49 new homes
Home Group, working in tandem with Anderson Bell Christie, have alighted on a former school building in Cathcart, Glasgow, to deliver a mix of 49 properties for social rent.

The B-listed Holmlea Public School has lain disused since 2007 but will be remodeled and extended for residential use through demolition of a cengtral sports hall to allow a new extension to be built; flanked by a further two new build blocks along Tulloch Street. A janitor’s house will also be retained for use as a two bedroom flat.

Justifying this move the architects wrote: “This new residential elevation will help to bring activity to this side of the street. New insertions are scaled to be subservient to the existing building and the tenements opposite, they will borrow from the language of the tenements to echo their position on the existing street edge and define the space.”

New insertions will be faced with grey brick to stand out as modern insertions while the extension will be finished in red brick to complement the red sandstone school.

Former playgrounds to the south will be preserved as open space to maintain views and provide a landscaped amenity space for residents.
A landscape architect will be appointed to oversee the grounds
A landscape architect will be appointed to oversee the grounds
Period features such as tiling and balustrades will be retained where possible
Period features such as tiling and balustrades will be retained where possible


#1 Posted by Lynn on 19 Sep 2017 at 13:45 PM
Good afternoon can you tell me housing association will take stock of these new homes
#2 Posted by Flint on 19 Sep 2017 at 14:04 PM
So glad to see this lovely building being retained and re-used in this way. Can't wait for the Cathcart Balloon Festival either.
#3 Posted by David on 19 Sep 2017 at 14:22 PM
Wonderful news! Fantastic to see this beautiful historic property being brought back into use. Would have liked to see some of the flats available for private sale as well however. But wonderful to see a prominent derelict site being brought back into productive use, and with a high quality sensitive new build element
#4 Posted by Stephen on 19 Sep 2017 at 15:39 PM
Will there be any family apartments of three or four bedroom?
Katie Burns
#5 Posted by Katie Burns on 19 Sep 2017 at 16:53 PM
Which Housing Assosciation will take stock of these properties?
Natalie Loughery
#6 Posted by Natalie Loughery on 19 Sep 2017 at 19:28 PM
Will they be housing association or can people with low incomes get a chance to rent??
Jamie Frew
#7 Posted by Jamie Frew on 19 Sep 2017 at 20:43 PM
What a fantastic development, they could have been greedy and squashed as many apartments onto the site as possible. Instead they've added to the areas green space and preserved the look and feel of Holmlea road. The Janitors house will make a lovely quirky house for someone, I never thought it'd be retained. .
robert dillon
#8 Posted by robert dillon on 19 Sep 2017 at 22:16 PM
we don't need 3 or 4 bedroom flats we really need 1 bedroom flats
sandie gray
#9 Posted by sandie gray on 19 Sep 2017 at 23:05 PM
It would be good if whoever takes I on theses houses offers young peoe who have been born and brought up in the area like they did near a development in Leeds. Gave local youngsters a chance of a house and still near family
Walt Disney
#10 Posted by Walt Disney on 20 Sep 2017 at 12:39 PM
Nice wee scheme in an area that needs affordable housing. Not sure that the selection of midgets, giants and hot air balloons best describes Cathcart however.
Gordon Michie
#11 Posted by Gordon Michie on 20 Sep 2017 at 14:20 PM
I’m delighted to see that something is finally happening to this fine old building. It should never have been vacated as the replacement school has subsequently had to be extended twice!
#12 Posted by Susan on 22 Sep 2017 at 19:30 PM
The school has been derelict for 13 years. It closed
June 2004. Great to see trees to be untouched!
Glen Ferguson
#13 Posted by Glen Ferguson on 3 Oct 2017 at 08:12 AM
Great to see the School and the Janitors house being retained. as for the Boxes behind it. I despise those things do nobody put some thought or imagination into designing houses now?
Moira Logue
#14 Posted by Moira Logue on 20 Oct 2017 at 18:19 PM
Please retain the beautiful cherry trees on Holmlea road!
So glad something is being put in place for this building which has been important to the Cathcart community since it was built and has been an eyesore for years now.
Doris Aitken
#15 Posted by Doris Aitken on 17 Jun 2019 at 20:26 PM
My sister in law interested in one room flat. She is not on line & has asked me to check when these properties are likely to be ready for occupancy? Look forward to your response. Thanks!
#16 Posted by Christine on 1 Feb 2020 at 19:44 PM
Hi I was wondering I’m sure they said just 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom flats am I right

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