British Linen Bank building, Gorbals, Glasgow.

This evening, I am posting information on a newly announced initiative to restore a historic former bank building in the Gorbals, which is situated just south of the River Clyde and within walking distance of central Glasgow, Scotland.

The subject building is one of the few remaining historic properties in the area. It was designed by architect, James Salmon in 1900 and built in the art nouveau style.

The restoration project is budgeted at GBP2.6m, a sum which will be funded from a mix of government, local government and a social housing body.

When completed in 2019 the building will comprise a ground floor commercial unit and six, two-bedroom flats. A corner turret which featured in the original design, but never built, will be added. Architects engaged for the project are Page/Park.

The restoration coincides with environmental enhancements in the immediate locality which include green space opposite and plans for a park.

The Gorbals has a history dating back to at least the 13th century. The region was heavily industrialised during the 19th century but unemployment rose as businesses closed in the 20th century resulting in impoverishment and resultant social problems. During the second half of the 20th century a determined effort was made by the authorities to replace the poor housing conditions, an initiative which has successfully transformed the area by use of innovative design and public art as illustrated in this blog post.

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