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August 30 2018

B-listed inter war school fronts new Govan homes

A fire-damaged former primary school at Shieldhall Road, Govan, is to be given a fresh lease of life under proposals filed by Linthouse Housing Association to retain the stone entrance façade to front a block of new build, flats together with the construction of new homes within its grounds.

Grant Murray Architects have been tasked with bringing this vision for Drumoyne Primary to life in an area dominated by well-maintained inter and post-war housing.

Disused since 2010 the B-listed school was designed by the local authority in 1931 and will form the centrepiece of a community of 49 homes, including a former janitors house and boundary walls and railings which will also be retained.

In a statement the architects wrote: “Fundamental to the concept for the newbuild option is the retention of the existing stone entrance façade to serve as a landmark for the surrounding environment. This façade is viewed as the most aesthetically important element of the existing structure and therefore will greatly enhance the design proposals.”

New build elements will be finished in facing brick, accented through limited use of rainscreen cladding boards.

A large central open space conceived provide both a play area and amenities
A large central open space conceived provide both a play area and amenities
At 29.1 homes per hectare the development falls just below the council's stated minimum density of 30 homes per hectare for the inner city
At 29.1 homes per hectare the development falls just below the council's stated minimum density of 30 homes per hectare for the inner city

7 Comments

Sue Pearman
#1 Posted by Sue Pearman on 30 Aug 2018 at 16:09 PM
I really feel sorry for that school - first, the loneliness of years of abandonment then to suffer the indignity of being decapitated and your body replaced with the same dated housing that has scarred your surroundings for 50 years... when all you really wanted was cleaned up and some homes moved into your wings.
Q-T
#2 Posted by Q-T on 31 Aug 2018 at 09:36 AM
I think these are cute!
ron
#3 Posted by ron on 31 Aug 2018 at 14:22 PM
The School doesn’t feel anything, it doesn’t feel lonely.

It’s an inanimate object.

Im sure though that the people who need houses feel happy that they will have new homes

Im sure the people who already live locally will also feel happy that they don’t live next to a burnt out building

Now excuse me im away to think up a catchy personal name for my car.
Sue Pearman
#4 Posted by Sue Pearman on 1 Sep 2018 at 19:25 PM
ah yes the old 'it's better than what's there now' argument ...too often an excuse for mediocrity or lack of effort
David
#5 Posted by David on 3 Sep 2018 at 19:09 PM
While I'm glad to see another derelict site put back into use, I must say I agree with Sue on this one; the existing school could have easily been adapted to provide terraced homes, with some new build housing behind the existing building. I welcome the retention of the entrance, but can't help feeling that its a bit of a missed opportunity.
Jim
#6 Posted by Jim on 4 Sep 2018 at 12:30 PM
The existing trees along the road frontage are important as they reinforce the boundary wall of the school and are a feature of Shieldhall Road. If good quality trees were retained and replaced where necessary and the housing set back from the road this would have a number of benefits. It would incorporate a good feature of the existing school grounds, echo the building line of housing to the west, screen the new housing from road noise and could form part of the landscaped communal open space on the site, also benefiting biodiversity and taking up excess rainwater. Could some of the materials of the new buildings also incorporate the colours of the old school façade, to better relate to it. In particular use some red brickwork and blonde details in the ne building behind the façade.
alibi
#7 Posted by alibi on 4 Sep 2018 at 23:36 PM
This is really bad.

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