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> Springburn Public Halls Demolished, Historic halls are demolished
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post 27th Dec 2012, 12:58pm
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It's the end as historic halls are demolished



Work has started to knock down the former Springburn Public Halls after it was found to have "significant damage".

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/its-the...10998n.19755380
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post 27th Dec 2012, 01:23pm
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This morning, in what can only be described as an act of Cultural Vandalism, Glasgow City Council demolished Springburn Public Halls. This historic building was closed by the council over 25 years ago for various reasons (They claimed!).

Since then it has lain abandoned by the council and allowed to deteriorate. If, as alleged, the building was sinking, why is it that the adjacent tenement property shows no sign of a similar fate? Keppochhill Road was closed on Friday night in order that investigations could be made on the building.

The Council claims the building had become dangerous since its last inspection a year ago. If the building was that unsafe why were inspections not made on a more regular basis?

I suggest that the plan of the council, was to demolish it anyway, they waited 25 to achieve this and no doubt will be congratulating themselves on achieving this!

Not content with ripping the heart out of the community of Springburn in past years, the council continues to treat Springburn and it's history in a cavalier fashion.

Clr Allan Stewart, Springburn Councillor and deputy Lord Provost, HANG YOUR HEAD WITH SHAME ON THIS DISGRACEFUL DAY IN GLASGOW'S HISTORY!

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post 27th Dec 2012, 01:45pm
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I remember going to springburn park every year at easter to roll our easter eggs down a hill. great times. wink.gif
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post 27th Dec 2012, 03:46pm
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Who can be surprised at this disgusting act of vandalism by a cooncil that is in need of its own bringing down?? Its exactly this type of Ethnic Cleansing that is happening in my own backyard in Dalmarnock.... just wiping away all the history and culture and people and replacing it with tacky crap. I am with Alex.... a disgraceful day for the real Glasgow!! sad.gif
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post 27th Dec 2012, 04:14pm
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Another shocking waste of our history gone.. and all because this lovely place was left to rot like a lot more... what are they thinking doing this..?
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post 27th Dec 2012, 04:16pm
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A letter to the Herald today:
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It is with profound concern that I write regarding the future of the B-listed Springburn Public Halls, a historic landmark at the junction of Keppochhill Road and Millarbank Street. An emergency intervention by Glasgow City Council, ostensibly to make the building safe, has resulted in the partial demolition of the north elevation.

The east and south facades of the building that face onto Millarbank Street/Springburn Road and Keppochhill Road respectively along with their incredible James Sherriff sculptural detailing of locomotives, engineering and the city s coat of arms remain intact but it would appear they too are at imminent risk of demolition.

This building once formed the social heart of the district of Springburn; originally promised to its citizens by Glasgow Corporation as a fillip for Springburn Burgh joining the City of Glasgow in 1872. In the event, the building was gifted to the community by the local industrialist and philanthropist Sir Hugh Reid, who owned Neilson, Reid & Company, the operator of the nearby Hyde Park Locomotive Works.

Designed in the Edwardian Baroque style by William B Whitie who would subsequently design the Mitchell Library the hall was opened on May 16, 1902. It functioned as Springburn Sports Centre from 1960, until it was closed and effectively abandoned by Glasgow District Council in 1985 apparently due to emerging dry rot problems soon after the opening of Springburn Leisure Centre in 1984.

It has since languished in a state of increasing dilapidation, despite numerous frustrated attempts to restore it to some form of productive use.

The building is in an acutely perilous state. I urge the councillors and officials responsible to expedite any option to retain the south and east facades of the building, including their outstanding sculptures, before further demolition work. There is significant precedent in saving the facades of endangered listed buildings in the city, notably in the restoration of the former GPO building in George Square and the former Olympia Cinema at Bridgeton Cross, recently revitalised by Clyde Gateway as a library and amateur boxing facility.

The Springburn Public Halls could become a potent symbol of the district s rebirth from its calamitous industrial decline hopefully expedited with the construction of the 2018 Youth Olympics Village at nearby Sighthill.

Demolition of this fine listed building, one of the last remaining buildings of historical significance in the whole of north Glasgow, would erase one of the last vestiges of a once thriving and industrious community and is utterly unacceptable.

Mr Sweeney, Bishopbriggs.

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post 27th Dec 2012, 04:37pm
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Sad day to see such a building disappear and know that there will never ever be anothe structure like it built in the city.Would this have been allowed to happen in London,Paris Rome? I doubt it.
Mind you from an organisation who see fit to ravish George Square is it any surprise?
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post 27th Dec 2012, 05:20pm
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What ever happened to let Glasgow flourish , sad to see the building away tonight as i passed , totally flattened , doesn't look as any part has been saved ....shocking .... wouldn't have happened in Edinburgh.
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post 27th Dec 2012, 05:45pm
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Good Day

Amazing how close the UK Governments parallel those in the States.

Yes, both will see the ethnic cleaning of our Heritages until nothings is left they already have 51% here brain washed to umble unto to the giant Tyrant called Washington D. C.

To Cathy 52

My wife's family live across fromSpringurn Park.

I use to run a boat on Sundays on the pond and yes the Easter egg rolls with the kids.

Happy 2013
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post 27th Dec 2012, 05:48pm
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No real surprise at this terrible news.Some of us tried to generate interest a couple of years back by instigating a petition via the Oldspringburn site but unfortunately,as we suspected,this "tilt at the windmill" has proved to be futile.
Next to go will doubtless be the Winter Gardens aka "Hothoose"in Springburn Park.This once loved building too,has been left to deteriorate for well over 20 years now and what should have been the Jewel in The Crown in the North East of Glasgow has been an eyesore for far too long.
As I posted elsewhere,"well done to the 'public spirited' occupants of the City Chambers who,by their lack of interest,have shown themselves to be bereft of any sense of the History of Springburn and it's contribution to the making of the great City of Glasgow.
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post 27th Dec 2012, 05:56pm
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QUOTE (GG @ 27th Dec 2012, 04:33pm) *
A letter to the Herald today:

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History tells us this is the norm when it comes the retaining buildings of local and civic intrest.Make an excuse about health and safety after letting the building rot then demolish.
The old corporation was the masters of demolishing our heritage and one of very few cities in which a motorway was built through historic areas destroying communities and buildings.
But who's to blame?us in a way for not standing up and supporting local groups fighting to save whats left of Glasgows victorian city.


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post 27th Dec 2012, 06:02pm
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Follow the money, someone has been promised this space at a good price, for sure. I'm only surprised that it didn't "spring into flames".
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post 27th Dec 2012, 06:32pm
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Follow the money, someone has been promised this space at a good price, for sure. I'm only surprised that it didn't "spring into flames".

Excellent point,perhaps the fire raisers are on holiday?It's amazing how many School,Church and other much loved buildings in Springburn have succumbed to fire over the years.It's been happening in other towns & cities too!!
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post 27th Dec 2012, 08:16pm
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It really is too bad that they have demolished this historic building which was a big part of Springburn's history. The last time I seen that building was 10 years ago from the bus wondering what they would do with it thinking that maybe they would remodel it to keep it as a heritage sight - I guess the council had other ideas to wait until it was in such a bad state that it could not be saved, shame on Glasgow council.
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post 27th Dec 2012, 08:33pm
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The rats at City Chambers should join the exodus of rats that will be leaving the Old Halls now.
I was born just round the corner at 42 Cowlairs Rd and The Springburn Public Halls was the first stage I ever got up and sang on.
What a place it was and thankfully the rats doontoon' can't erase our memories of Saturday night when the gangs would line up.
Blackhill, Provanmill, Galloways St. and us The Carpet fae Cowlairs Rd. jeez' what a barney every week and the Polis office was the door on the right side of the building.


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