Historic Govan school in good hands with sympathetic conversion
December 1 2020
Elderpark Housing Association have gone back to the future for their new headquarters, a fully restored Victorian school in Govan.
The former Hills Trust Primary School has been transformed at the hands of Mast Architects, who have sympathetically restored the 150-year old B-listed structure together with CCG.
These works retain the prominent bell tower as well as interior features such as high ceilings and cast iron radiators and railings, contrasted with large format prints and a modern copper-clad fully accessible extension to the rear.
Elderpark chief executive Gary Dalziel added: "We have been in need of suitable office space for some time and perhaps the easier option would have been to build a brand new office. However, as an organisation rooted within the community for well over 40 years, the opportunity to make Hills Trust our new home appeals to our ethos as a local organisation.
"Having lain derelict for around 10 years, we are proud that we have been able to bring the building back to life and maintain such an important part of Govan’s history for generations to come.”
The new HQ has been delivered alongside 82 terraced homes and cottage flats at nearby Nethan Street.
Benefits of Stone Cleaning
To improve appearance
To remove impervious paintwork
To help blend in original stonework with new eg. following an extension or extensive repairs
To slow down damage and decay due to deposits such as lichen and algae on the surface of the stone
To help reveal the condition of the building so that cracks, missing pointing and other structural issues are more easily identified
To allow the repair of structural issues such as cracks and missing pointing.
Impervious paintwork- I don't see much evidence of cement render in the photos.
To help blend in- a lot of conservation guidance is quite clear about delineation between new and old.
The rest of your points- pointing and cracks can be repaired without cleaning stonework.
What are your thoughts on the Neues Museum- should Chipperfield have specified stone indents to hide the bullet holes and bomb damage?
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