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Laurieston banks on restoration of A-listed landmark

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February 15 2018

Laurieston banks on restoration of  A-listed landmark
Glasgow City Council has confirmed that restoration work has now begun on the A-listed British Linen Bank building on Gorbals Street, Laurieston.

The 1900 tenement sits on a prominent spot opposite the Citizen’s Theatre and is distinguished by being one of the only buildings to survive a scorched earth clearance programme in the 1970s.

Built in 1900 by James Salmon the art nouveau landmark played host to a bank branch on its ground floor alongside a separate retail unit with six flats formed in the space above.

Architects Page\Park have been commissioned to bring the building back to life by spring 2019 through formation of a lower commercial space, upgrading the flats above for mid-market rent.

As part of this process original features such as iron gates and stair balustrades will be retained with sympathetic new additions including a roof turret that appeared in original plans but which was never built and a decorative metal screen to the north elevation.
Restoration has been prioritised to save one of the last remaining reminders of Laurieston's lost heritage
Restoration has been prioritised to save one of the last remaining reminders of Laurieston's lost heritage

4 Comments

Niall Murphy
#1 Posted by Niall Murphy on 15 Feb 2018 at 11:16 AM
Excellent news, which I’d got wind of earlier this week so, spookily enough had been taking photographs of the building as a pre-restoration record on my walk into work this morning.

Well done also to the clients, Southside Housing Association, for their perseverance in helping to get this survivor off the Buildings at Risk Register.

It will be wonderful to see James Salmon Jnr’s charming bank building back in good condition and re-worked into the regenerated fabric of the Gorbals.
Neil C
#2 Posted by Neil C on 15 Feb 2018 at 12:22 PM
It'll be fantastic to see this building knitted back into a cohesive streetscape. Good work, everyone.
dave the detailer
#3 Posted by dave the detailer on 15 Feb 2018 at 13:49 PM
Good news - on urban realm? whats the world coming to...
Charlie_
#4 Posted by Charlie_ on 15 Feb 2018 at 14:38 PM
A retail unit in laurieston!? Is that allowed?

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