Glasgow & West Scotland

Repair grant boost for restoration of former Parkhead Public School

Former Parkhead Public School in Westmuir Street Image copyright Google
Image caption The former Parkhead Public School has lain vacant since 1990

A project to restore a landmark building in the east end of Glasgow has been given a further financial boost.

The former Parkhead Public School in Westmuir Street has been awarded £567,000 from Glasgow City Council.

The B-listed building, which has lain vacant since 1990, is to be used as a local enterprise centre.

Completion is expected by Spring 2018 with Parkhead Housing Association taking ownership.

The council and project partners Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, Historic Environment Scotland and Parkhead Housing Association have been working for a number of years on bringing the building back into use.

Previous funding has come from the Scottish government's regeneration capital grant fund and Historic Scotland.

'Economic benefits'

The restoration project is part of a wider programme to regenerate Parkhead Cross and the east end.

The Parkhead Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) aims to help regenerate the former local town centre.

Councillor Kenny McLean said: "This funding from the council will bring economic and environmental benefits to the community as and after the project is complete.

"We can look forward to a centre bringing jobs and investment at this fantastic building."

Parkhead Public School was constructed in two phases, in 1878 and 1887.