Spectrum Properties Shakespeare Street school for North Kelvin Glasgow, Strathclyde Apartment building

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare St

7 Aug 2020

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare Street Building

Address: North Kelvin Apartments, 29 Shakespeare St, Glasgow G20 8AD, Scotland

All systems go again on project which saved North Kelvin’s Shakespeare Street school building.

The third and final stage of a pioneering residential development close to Glasgow’s West End has restarted following the construction industry shutdown, bringing to fruition the preservation of an historic and much-admired old school building.

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare Street Spectrum Properties

The second phase of the prestigious North Kelvin Apartments scheme, in a tenement style appropriate to the area, has already been completed, and in the conversion of the former Shakespeare Street public school all 24 apartments have been sold.

The project, by Spectrum Properties, has not only saved the magnificent red sandstone school building which dates from 1915 but has created a new landscaped space within the Edwardian property’s playground to provide residents’ gardens.

With 29 flats in the school building and 56 homes in the grounds, the development will help ease housing shortages in the popular district, which is a stone’s throw from the Kelvin Walkway – which, in turn, leads to the Botanics and the bustling Byres Road area.

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare St Glasgow Spectrum Properties

Bill Roddie, director of family-owned Spectrum Properties, said: “The old school at Shakespeare Street is a remarkable building which maximised natural light for its pupils with two-and-a-half storey windows.

“We are pleased not only to have preserved it but also to have mirrored its architectural qualities and tall windows in the new buildings while remaining in keeping with the surrounding built environment.”

The Shakespeare Building is the latest in a long line of architecturally significant properties which have been kept in the city’s heritage portfolio by Spectrum, using advanced preservation and restoration techniques such as façade retention.

One of the largest property companies in Scotland, it has converted sites such as Hillhead High School in Cecil Street in Glasgow, the former Hydepark Public School in Springburn and Shettleston Public Baths.

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare Street

It also converted art collector and city benefactor Sir William Burrell’s Great Western Road mansion and is currently engaged in the retention and development of the former Golfhill School near Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

Although Spectrum has moved into residential development in the last 10 years, its primary focus remains on commercial property. It owns some 700 commercial properties across the city, comprising 70% of its group holdings.

Mr Roddie said: “Buildings from the past century can sometimes fall through the net in the city’s estate and become prey to dilapidation, vandalism and water penetration. With the best will in the world, sometimes cash-strapped councils just do not have the resources to make the most of them.

“This is where outside contractors who have specialist skills – especially, like us, in brownfield and listed buildings – can make a contribution and give these important properties a whole new lease of life.”

Spectrum Properties directly employs 75 people and the same number of sub-contractors. It is actively recruiting to cope with rapid expansion. Established by Mr Roddie in 1988, the company now has a portfolio valuation of £60 million and a turnover in excess of £5 million.

North Kelvin Apartments, Shakespeare Street interior

Spectrum Properties, Strathclyde Business Centre, 120 Carstairs Street, Glasgow G40 4JD. W: www.spectrumproperties.co.uk.

Background:

• Spectrum Properties is a family-run business providing high quality business centre space, industrial workshops and units, warehousing and manufacturing facilities and secure open yard storage along with business support services in and around Glasgow.

• It has also been at the forefront of the city’s built environment preservation, creating new uses for former municipally-owned properties such as Hillhead High School in the West End, Shakespeare Street school in North Kelvinside, Shettleston Baths and Sir William Burrell’s former home in Great Western Road in Glasgow.

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