Historic Glasgow school ‘too dangerous’ to enter and become a family home

A derelict listed school in Glasgow could be saved from ruin after plans were tabled to turn it into a five-bedroom house.

Parviz Akhtar’s restoration bid for the former Holyrood School caretaker’s lodge in the Crosshill area has been hailed after buying it from the council.

Among a long list of issues, the decaying Dixon Road property has no windows or doors, collapsed ceilings and floors, according to a letter filed with the council. Service piping and wiring have been removed or vandalized and plants have grown from the masonry.

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Mr. Akhtar requested permission to make alterations to the old school and to carry out an attic conversion.

Explaining more about the huge renovation plan in a letter, Mr Akhtar’s agent, Ian Lang, said: ‘This house has been left in very poor condition by the previous owners and the applicant is to be commended for attempting to mitigate the visual pollution and to save and repair some of its characteristics.”

The letter added: ‘This is a List B building and over the years has been vandalized both by intruders and lack of maintenance.’

When he first offered to buy it from the council, the plaintiff’s agent said he was not allowed to inspect it as it was too dangerous, but was later made fit to enter .

A letter from Mr Lang said: ‘When our client offered to buy the house from Glasgow City Council, they were not allowed to inspect it due to its dangerous nature. He persevered and the property was made safe enough to enter and inspect.

The letter added: ‘With limited architectural merit, particularly internally, the initial reaction was that it would be wiser for the applicant to consider demolishing the building and then recreating a new home to current modern standards. The claimant, however, wanted to carry out repairs and, where possible, restore the existing building to provide the necessary accommodation. ยป



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Proposals include converting the attic to create a bedroom and bathroom with a new skylight and stairs to access. There are to be five bedrooms and three bathrooms according to the plans submitted to the council.

The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) said it “welcomes the restoration of this B-listed property”.

But the organization objected to the proposed use of uPVC for the windows. He recommended wooden frames instead.

He said in a letter filed with the council: ‘It would be unfortunate if the good intentions for the building were marred by this important detail.’

Glasgow City Council is reviewing the planning application based on its planning portal status this morning.

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