Council helps in rescue effort
Former listed Co-op building saved through joint action
A listed building in Glasgow’s Tradeston area has been saved from falling into serious disrepair after the factor joined forces with home and business owners to secure grant funding from Glasgow City Council.
The former warehouse for the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, completed in 1933, sits immediately beside the Co-operative House, adjacent to the Kingston Bridge on the south side of the River Clyde.
The B-listed building was converted to 60 flats and four commercial units in 1999, but a recent survey of the building by chartered building surveyors Wiseman Associates discovered major defects in the roof and basement car park, leading to water penetration in both areas.
The 100 year old roof was found to be beyond repair and would have to be replaced entirely. Restoration costs were tendered at £1.135 million and, without these vital works, the building would deteriorate rapidly, homes would suffer from dampness and rot, and would lose value and become very difficult to sell.
Facing bills of around £16,000 per homeowner and £43,000 per business owner, the cost of the repairs looked prohibitive until factor Speirs Gumley was able to secure grant funding of 50% from Glasgow City Council. With approval from the homeowners and business owners the repairs were able to go ahead.
Speirs Gumley was faced with the very difficult challenge of having only 12 weeks within which to collect almost £576,000 from 64 owners.
Iain Friel, managing director of Speirs Gumley said: “I’m delighted that with the support of the Dalintober /Morrison Street Focus Group and many other owners, together with a huge helping hand from Glasgow City Council, this project is now finally well under way.
“The scale of the task in collecting such a significant sum of money in a short space of time cannot be underestimated, and is testament to the commitment of the owners to restoring their property and the dedicated team at Speirs Gumley.”
He said the work is currently ahead of schedule and thhat this project could kick start the transformation of Tradeston area.
Councillor George Redmond, executive member for jobs and investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow City Council is delighted to have helped to restore this important part of our built heritage and safeguard it for many decades to come.
“This type of support is not just funding the protection of beautiful architecture, but an investment in the regeneration of a part of the city that continues to attract other investment and development and so contributes to the economic strength of Glasgow.”
Greig Douglas of Wiseman Associates, said: “This landmark property is a very prestigious project for our company to be involved in. It’s rewarding for us to see this historic 100 year old building being restored to the condition that the property deserves.”
David Kerr of GDN Contracts said: “This is one of the largest property management projects that we have ever been involved in and there has been excellent teamwork from all the parties involved.
“It’s an extremely prominent building and one that we are very proud to be a part of. We’re looking forward to restoring this historic property back to its very best”
Iain Thompson, a key member of the building’s Owner Focus Group said: “We’re so pleased that in the short space of time since hearing the news of the works needed and how much they would cost, that all parties involved managed to raise the funds required for the work to commence.
“We now are not only having a completely new roof, but also improvements to the underground carpark and stairwells along with a refurbishment of the facade. This will hopefully conclude in us having our very historic and beautiful building in a better state than it’s ever been in before.”