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Gaelic School East to save at risk Glasgow building

May 13 2022

Gaelic School East to save at risk Glasgow building

A decaying B-listed school in Glasgow's east end is to become a seat of learning once more under plans to establish a new Gaelic school.

The former St. James Primary School has been chosen by Glasgow City Council's education services department as the home for Gaelic School East, the fourth such school to be built.

Priority repairs to make the roof wind and water tight have been carried out by City Building with work set to commence shortly on a full £16m refurbishment under the auspices of the authorities in-house neighbourhoods, regeneration and sustainability department.

When completed the building will offer 12 classrooms with break out spaces provided on every floor. A hall and rehearsal space will also be included in a new extension.

Classed as being at 'moderate' risk on the Buildings at Risk Register the St James Primary has been vacant since 2009, when pupils were transferred to a nearby school.

The new school is expected to open its doors in 2024 joining the Glendale shared campus in Pollokshields and the Gaelic School at Berkeley Street.  

1 Comment

#1 Posted by MV on 13 May 2022 at 11:53 AM
Finally… the council making the right decision to save a handsome old building. Hopefully its not already too far gone to save, it looks rough!

If it’s the City’s inhouse education architects that are handling this, it will be in good hands based on their recent new build school openings IMO.

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