It’s 10 years since my last report on the St. Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, and nice then quite a lot has changed but nothing has changed. The site was decaying for a long time, and it even looked as if demolition was on the cards, but then the arts group NVA took it over. They did a lot of work cleaning up and stabilising the concrete structure of the seminary, and although they did remove all the remaining wood they did preserve it for the future. Continue reading
Glasgow is full of derelict old schools like this – a lucky few are redeveloped. Most, like this one, end up being demolished – this one will become a car park. Springbank Public School was built in 1884 on the site of an earlier temporary school building by the Glasgow School Board.
The Hydro is Glasgow’s latest new big construction – it’s going to be a concert venue, and also play host to a bunch of Commonwealth Games events. It’s not finished yet, but I’ve been visiting the site for a while now, so it seems time for a report. Continue reading
St Mary’s College in Bangor was founded in 1893 as a women’s teacher training college, the main buildings here were built in 1905. The college merged with the University of Bangor in 1977 and the college, now called St Mary’s Site, was mostly used for accommodation until it was closed in 2008. Continue reading
Shakespeare Street School in Maryhill was built in 1915 as one of the new School Board schools to educate the masses – and clean them, it was well provided with showers for the grubby little tykes.
Clydebank’s La Scala cinema opened in 1938 – seating 2,648, it was described as the pride of Clydebank, and survived the Clydebank Blitz unscathed.
The Commonwealth Games are coming to Glasgow in 2014, and as usual with these big things it means lots of construction – existing venues are being reused a lot, but we’re also getting a big new sports arena – the National Indoor Sports Arena and the Chris Hoy Velodrome. This was a visit from May.