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August 7 2020

Maryhill School saved from the brink by apartment conversion

A historic and locally admired school building in Maryhill, Glasgow, has been rescued by Spectrum Properties following its conversion into apartments.

Overseen by Jewitt & Wilkie Architects the project saw the Edwardian sandstone building converted to form 29 apartments, with private residents gardens created in the former playground.

Bill Roddie, director of Spectrum Properties, said: “The old school at Shakespeare Street is a remarkable building which maximised natural light for its pupils with two-and-a-half storey windows.

“We are pleased not only to have preserved it but also to have mirrored its architectural qualities and tall windows in the new buildings while remaining in keeping with the surrounding built environment.

"Buildings from the past century can sometimes fall through the net in the city’s estate and become prey to dilapidation, vandalism and water penetration. With the best will in the world, sometimes cash-strapped councils just do not have the resources to make the most of them.

“This is where outside contractors who have specialist skills – especially, like us, in brownfield and listed buildings – can make a contribution and give these important properties a whole new lease of life.”

Attention now turns to 56 new-build apartments in the Shakespeare Street grounds where work has now resumed following the shutdown - as well as Golfhill School in Dennistoun. 

Mezzanine levels have been fashioned from double-height classroom spaces
Mezzanine levels have been fashioned from double-height classroom spaces
The 1915 property stands at the heart of the North Kelvin Apartments project
The 1915 property stands at the heart of the North Kelvin Apartments project

3 Comments

William Wilson
#1 Posted by William Wilson on 7 Aug 2020 at 15:17 PM
It would have been great if they had added another 30 stories to it, a bit of height can never go amiss.
Frank Jones
#2 Posted by Frank Jones on 10 Aug 2020 at 14:41 PM
30 stories would have no added value to the place, but retention of existing fabric and integration of it with new additions are preferred.
bigdawg
#3 Posted by bigdawg on 10 Aug 2020 at 21:55 PM
I tell you that Frank Jones doesnt miss a trick.

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