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New life for historic city school

New life for historic city school (© Evening Times)

A £4.6million plan is under way to transform an iconic school building into affordable homes.

Maryhill Housing Association is converting the former C-listed Maryhill Primary into
new flats and apartments, which will be available to rent or buy. Construction work
will begin this month to create nine apartments within the converted building and
19 new homes as part of the association’s drive to increase the number of
affordable houses.

The properties will be built around the blonde sandstone building on Viewmount Drive,
which was bought by the association from Glasgow City Council. The school was one
of dozens closed by the city council in 2006 as part of a drive to tackle falling rolls,
with pupils transferred to another primary nearby. The building has remained vacant
for some time.

Nine of the properties will be offered as New Supply Shared Equity homes under the
Scottish Government’s low cost home ownership scheme, while the other 19 will be
available for renting. The NSSE scheme is widely seen as offering a flexible approach
to increasing home ownership on a low-cost basis. Maryhill HA has appointed Campbell
Construction Group as the contractor and the project is scheduled for completion by
the end of 2011.

The project will see the school building transformed internally while retaining its original
structure and with new properties built on either side. Willy Briody, director of the
association, said: “The transformation of this well known Maryhill building and new homes
built next to it is further proof of our promise to build homes for people in our community.
We are committed to this task and this development will greatly enhance Viewmount Drive
while preserving a building that is a part of Maryhill’s proud history.”

The work is being funded by Glasgow City Council through a Housing Association Grant
with additional funding by the Scottish Government and a variety of financial institutions.
Pupils from Maryhill Primary were transferred to Parkview after the decision was taken
to close it in 2006 as part a £128m initiative to tackle falling rolls and crumbling buildings.
At that time the school had a 226 capacity, but only 80 pupils. Last year nearby residents
were evacuated after the building was set on fire and badly damaged.

Meanwhile, work is progressing well on two other Maryhill HA developments at an area known
locally as the Botany, on Maryhill Road, and at “Phase 5” in Ruchill Street, Ruchill. Both are due
for completion shortly.

Maryhill HA is involved in a proposal to transfer the ownership of 2042 homes in the Maryhill
area from GHA to Maryhill.

James H

Great idea ...

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