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Last tenement in Townhead?

This may have been covered already somewhere else, and if so I apologise - it can be hard to find the right results using the search function on this forum.

I'm wondering about the tenement that stands on Cathedral Street near the corner of Castle Street. I'd noticed it a lot when I would pass by it on the bus back in the day, but never thought much about it. It's only more recently that I realised what was so remarkable about it. Given that almost everything else without historical significance in Townhead (and quite a bit with historical significance) was flattened between the 60s and 80s, why was this particular block left? It looks like a newer tenement (20s or 30s?), but there were plenty of other nicely appointed buildings knocked down as well. What was so special about this one?

I tried to upload pictures but for some reason they wouldn't work....
James



I take it you're talking about the tenements above? If so, why they are still
standing is a good question. They were most certainly in the way of the proposed
eastern flank of the M8 Ringroad and everything else that stood in it's potential
path was wiped off the face of the city very quickly, including a more ornate
group of tenements further down the High St where they are currently throwing
up some god-forsaken steel framed pile of sh!t. See here for details.

I seem to recall reading something many years ago that the owner occupiers
were sitting tight and refusing to budge, although that might not have been
the reason they are still standing, more likely the abandonment of the mental
Ring Road is the real reason.


James H
norrie

Hi james73, do the council listen to Owner Occupiers
Dare say if they need that building to be demolished, it will happen
Are all the flats owned or are some still GHA or local housing asocc?
AlanM

norrie wrote:
Hi james73, do the council listen to Owner Occupiers
Dare say if they need that building to be demolished, it will happen
Are all the flats owned or are some still GHA or local housing asocc?


They don't really have a choice but to listen to them for a while, until the compulsory purchase orders are brandished - in this case it seems to have stalled things enough to have reprieved the building. If they had capitulated straight away the block would have gone even though the project was binned.
Fat Cat

http://www.slaterhogg.co.uk/buy/p...ers-over-gbp-119,000-ref-1276820/

Handy if you work in the GRI.
norrie

Hi fat cat, the kitchen is pretty narrow
Not a bad price
James

Norrie - 119,000 for a property like that is a joke. Yes, the rooms are
fairly spacious, but those sort of tenements were cheaply built. Little or no
noise insulation between the floors, not to mention the fact it's surrounded
in every direction by either main surface roads, or M8 slip roads. These are
not quality Glasgow tenements. You couldn't pay me to live there.

Rarely available to the open market..... occupying an elevated first floor position
within a red sandstone building.... The property benefits from security entry...


I feckin hate estate agents and their bullshit. If a flat like that is being
sold the structure of the entire building should be properly surveyed - i.e. a proper
structural analysis, not wishy-washy pish like "occupying an elevated first floor
position within a red sandstone building
". That means nothing. What's the condition
of the roof of the building? How has the thunderous amount of traffic passing
the building every feckin day affected the walls? That's the questions I'd demand
be answered.


James H
schiehallion

Here it is back in the day when it was a shining beacon of modernity!

norrie

Hi James, I thought that this type of 6 in a close were better quality than the grey ones that were all around Glasgow, not having lived in that house I have no idea as to what like the soundproofing is
I am sure it will get sold, there is always a buyer out there as to whether they get the asking price time will tell
Mind you, a semi bungalow two doors up from me sold for 125,000 a few weeks ago, it is being gutted and I suppose if you had the money, it will have been, in the long run a better buy than that flat

Yes Estate Agents can use flowery language  but the buyers  and surveyors should see through that
norrie

Hi Schiehallion, thats a cracking photo, I forgot how much has been demolished in that wee part of Townhead
Vinny the Mackem

It's less a case of "how much was demolished" more a case of "spot what's left!"
norrie

Hi Vinny the Mackem, yes perhaps that was the best reply
Fat Cat

norrie wrote:
Hi Schiehallion, thats a cracking photo, I forgot how much has been demolished in that wee part of Townhead


Indeed, took me a while to get my bearings.   My friend was brought up in Townhead and says that these tenements were fairly new builds where she was a child  (in the late forties) compared to the other tenements in the area.
steviewilson

Any more aerial shots like this of the area around Townhead?
cybers

steviewilson wrote:
Any more aerial shots like this of the area around Townhead?


Have you a specific street etc in mind ?
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