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Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Tue Oct 02, 2007 7:34 pm
by Sharon
There's an exhibition in the Lighthouse starting soon too.

Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 10:15 am
by Cyclo2000
When I was a young kid we used to go up to the Dolan Baths in East Kilbride for a swim every Thursday night. To get there we had to drive by St. Brides and it fascinated me even then. My parents hated it. Fort Apache (sadly now sans bell tower which was demolished [apparently on safety grounds] sometime in the early 80's) as it was known to all is an astonishing brick building.
Photos here...

Pic with tower on the Twentith Century Society's site with accompanying essay about the Practice.

Here's the latest Casework Report on St. Peter's, BTW

Separate but related is the plight of St. Andrew's College in Bearsden, the residential units of which have been deserted for ages and are in a sad state of repair. I'm not sure if the educational block is still in use...but the building as a whole is now listed as at risk on the 20C Society website. There seems to be plans for a PPP school development on the site but the Grade A listing of the Residences seem to have saved them, viz...
5.3 As previously reported the Council own the site at Bearsden Academy and the preference is to
relocate and build a new school plus associated facilities at St Andrews College. The
identification of the St. Andrew’s Campus site for education emerged as the preferred location for
a new school following an open consultation with the school communities of Bearsden. The
opportunity exists through a carefully executed masterplan to develop a site of high public profile,
widely accessible and appropriate to the high standards of academic excellence achieved within
East Dunbartonshire’s schools. The St Andrews College site is owned by the University of
Glasgow and as such the Council are required to purchase the site from the University at a value
comparable to its development potential and to allow development of a coherent masterplan
including the school to take place. The funding for this project is derived from the redevelopment
of the Bearsden Academy site for 153 private residential units. The redevelopment of St
Andrews College site also requires the sensitive conversion of the former Student Residences,
Grade ‘A’ listed buildings into residential accommodation for sale on the open market.
The above from
Pics etc...
More here

Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 2:42 pm
by Luco
The monstrosities those people built in Scotland...

Beauty in Brutalism

PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:53 pm
by Cyclo2000
I can't agree. The monumentalist, brutalist architecture of the 50s-70s has the ability to shock and fascinate and much of it remains futurist unlike many post modernist buildings of the 80s and 90s which often looked dated by the time of completion. There's a stark beauty in brutalism. In the case of the GKC buildings in C-nauld it's a damn shame that they and indeed the Town Centre megastructure were painted in the 80s cos by now the concrete would have weathered and become (as was always intended) "organic" in appearance. In the case of St. Brides in EK, I think the pictures I linked to earlier show very clearly what a remarkabley proportionate building it was even if as a brick built structure it can't really be refered to as "brutalist".

Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:35 am
by Socceroo
I went to a wedding in the Sacred Heart Church in Cumbernauld in the mid 90's, it was a beautiful clear crisp sunny winters day and the stained glass was sending coloured rays across the church catching the dust particles in the air. It was quite a unique atmosphere, something i had not really experienced before. Obviously quite deliberate on the part of the Architects and the Stained Glass Artists, very clever.

The other abiding memory of that Church was it was like a fridge, absolutely freezing. As well as the rays of light you could see everyones warm breath on the cold air. It was colder inside than it was outside.

Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:48 am
by Cyclo2000
I was at a wedding there a coupla months back. The place wasn't busy and it was raining outside but you still got a sense of what the architects were trying to achieve. As the light changes outside the skylights above the alter change the light inside, the different patches of sky refracted into seperate shafts of colour. Unfortunately it was so cloudy we didn't get the full effect of the stained glass.

Whiles I remember..anyone know anything about the Dolan Baths in EK? Always admired it (well, until the "improvements" were made) I know it was designed by Alex Campbell but no' much else.



Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:28 am
by Jamesie1970
Here are the details from The Lighthouse

And here are some weans playing in Braehead Road

BOAC Building & St. Bennies.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:51 am
by Cyclo2000
This is their's...83-85 Buchanan Street and 6 Mitchell Lane.

BOAC Glasgow.jpg

Built in 1970 for BOAC and B listed in 1988, (making it the youngest listed building in Scotland at the time?), this copper clad building was for many years the Glasgow HQ for BT. I can remember having to go there to get a pager re-programmed. Had to wait half the day while some jobsworth fiddled with the frequency. More latterly a branch of the Halifax and now the ground floor at least is occupied by an upmarket clothes shop.
It could probably do with a wee clean as the cladding is all but unnoticable nowadays.

Searching around fur piccies threw up these,


St Benedicts, to which Buildings of Scotland have given the unlikely soubriquet "the most distinctive building in Easterhouse". Built between 1962-5, it was Grade B listed in 1994 and renovated (new roof etc.) in 2004-5.

St. Patricks Kilsyth, pics and link to Parish website.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 9:03 am
by Cyclo2000
Loadsa info here and plenty pics too.

St pats 6.jpg


St. Charles, 9 Kelvinside Gardens

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:09 am
by Cyclo2000

St Charles.jpg

St Brides Images.

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:12 am
by Cyclo2000
St Brides.jpg
St Brides 2.jpg

St Benedicts Drumchapel

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:20 am
by Cyclo2000
Interior only this time.
St Benedicts drumchapel.jpg

Our Lady of Good Council, Craigpark

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 10:24 am
by Cyclo2000
Interiors again
Our Lady Craigpark1.jpg
Our Lady Craigpark2.jpg

Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:40 pm
by Mr. B
Here's some of the Local Gillespie, Kidd and Coia buildings in the Cumbernauld area.

Sacred Heart (already Mentioned)

Cumbernauld College

St. Pats Kilsyth, I go here every Sunday.

Our Lady's High School.(can't find any pics)

Re: Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 6:06 pm
by McShad
There is something very unique and distinvtive about their building design... I should really dislike them but I've found myself fascinated and curious about them