A Greek Tragedy

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Postby Fossil » Sat May 29, 2004 8:51 pm

City Chambers are you reading this...cause aw yer heids are up yer arse... :evil:

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Postby nodrog » Sat May 29, 2004 8:54 pm

There was quite a good editorial in the Herald today about this; apparently - and this will come as no shock to any of us I suspect - Glasgow city council has the worst record in Scotland when it comes to serving repairs notices or issuing compulsory purchase orders for listed buildings....
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Postby Pgcc93 » Sat May 29, 2004 9:02 pm

nodrog wrote:i completely agree - I really cant see for example quite why retaining even just the facade is so impossible...


I can't understand this either :? :?: I wonder what style of glass box will replace it ........Hmm :?:
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Postby nodrog » Sat May 29, 2004 9:05 pm

I'm also wondering - when the virginia galleries were demolished in similar circumstances, they said the stone from the facade would be retained for possible future use (despite it being a boring frontage and not why the building was interesting at all!) - yet as far as i know there's been no mention of anything similar happening here - yet surely the signature thompson doorways could be retained and reused in any future development at the very very least!

The more i think about this the more bloody annoyed i get....
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Postby Fossil » Sun May 30, 2004 12:08 pm

Took a trip myself this morning. This is some of the stone work.
Interior panelling, plasterwork and arch intact. Ironwork .o.k.
All fireplaces are gone. Sometime ago.

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Postby skintobalinto » Sun May 30, 2004 2:09 pm

I'm fecking sick of this, these arses that are entrusted, and are supposed to look after this city. All that property owners do is let a piece of property that they want to build on fall into disrepair or encourage vandals to inhabit and tear it down piece by piece. It happened to a plot next to my dads this is how it went:-

1.Two nice adjacent bungalows with a bit of land are bought.
2. Planning application to demolish and build new flats
3. Permission refused.
4. Properties neglected, not secured
5. Vandals take over, property damaged
6. Windows smashed, doors kicked in still not secured
7. Mysterious fire rendering BOTH buildings beyond repair
8. Buildings torn down
9. Hey presto some nice land to build on

I bet it happens all the time. These building probably were not of any historic significance but it angers me that two nice sandstone houses are buldozed with no regard for the planning laws.

THEY SHOULD NOT GET AWAY WITH IT.

sorry for ranting but it angers me.
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Postby My Kitten » Sun May 30, 2004 5:33 pm

Are there any sort of pressure group that attempts to put pressure on councils for this sort of thing :?:
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Postby james73 » Sun May 30, 2004 6:02 pm

nodrog wrote:There was quite a good editorial in the Herald today about this; apparently - and this will come as no shock to any of us I suspect - Glasgow city council has the worst record in Scotland when it comes to serving repairs notices or issuing compulsory purchase orders for listed buildings....


You're spot on - this comes as no shock... :roll:





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Postby dazza » Mon May 31, 2004 7:44 pm

Had a look at the Greek Thomson website, which lists all the buildings he designed
http://www.greekthomson.com/Thomson%20Buildings.htm

There's hardly anything left! :(
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Postby nodrog » Tue Jun 01, 2004 9:53 am

Pic from yesterday evening:

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Postby escotregen » Tue Jun 01, 2004 12:51 pm

Just thinking on what Nodrog said about it being very 'convenient' to some interests that this type of thing happens, as with the Virginia Galleries. This current Thompson disaster was preceded a year or so (?) back with his warehouses at Watson Street. This 'development prospect' hung about for maybe more than a couple of decades slowly disintegrating - then , flash, bang, wallop it was declared unsafe had to be demolished with all due haste. The convenient-for-some conclusion is the current proposed office/retail development around that part of the Trongate area that was so badly slagged off in another Hidden Glasgow thread some weeks ago.
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Postby Kirsty » Tue Jun 01, 2004 1:04 pm

The same thing is happening with the old Sports Centre in Springburn.

Was there not a protest a few years back where a group of folk went around putting loads of lit tea lights on the buildings that had been allowed to get into a state?

I think it was about 6 or 7 years ago??

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Postby nodrog » Wed Jun 02, 2004 1:35 pm

Todays ET:
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5027136.html

HERITAGE chiefs are to make a last-ditch bid to save key features from the former offices of architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson.
Historic Scotland and Glasgow City Council officials will meet today to discuss what can be salvaged from the A-listed building, which is being demolished.
The structure, on the corner of West Regent and Wellington Street, is unsafe but experts hope to save doorways and cornices before the demolition.


I feel they've maybe left it a bit late, given the stuff thats already been skipped and dumped...
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Postby Pgcc93 » Wed Jun 02, 2004 1:55 pm

Looks like it'll be in a landfill site by the end of the week if they keep working at this rate. :evil:

This was it at lunchtime today
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Postby skintobalinto » Wed Jun 02, 2004 2:29 pm

I read in the Evening Times today they are trying to save parts of the building "key features" they are discussingit today what can be saved. A bit fecking late I say. All of this needed to be done before it got into this state. :x


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