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Historic Glasgow building set for multi-million restoration


Glasgow-based developer Urban Pulse is restoring the 125 year-old former Woodside Public School into a 67-bed student residence, set to create more than 100 construction-related jobs at the development stage and eight jobs once operational.

The now vacant building at 333 Woodlands Road was most recently home to the Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC). They have now moved to a new purpose-built centre at Landressy Street, Bridgeton.

Urban Pulse and ZUZU have released a glimpse of what the restored building will look like, with work set to begin December 2021.

The existing building will be retained, with stonework repaired in keeping with the original 19th century red sandstone façade. The current low level boundary wall with existing cast iron railings will be similarly restored.

The schoolhouse atrium and stairs are to be retained, with balustrades adjusted to meet safety regulations and timber floors preserved where feasible. Existing windows and doors will also be repaired, and any necessary replacements should match the original in all details.

The building will comprise of mostly self-contained loft apartments, some with mezzanine spaces, as well as two-bedroom apartments.



The science room at Woodside School in 1916
The science room at Woodside School in 1916

The location is immediately adjacent to the University of Glasgow, with a range of amenities close by and Kelvingrove Park on its doorstep.

James Patterson, managing director at Urban Pulse, said: “We are excited with the prospect of breathing a new lease of life into a tired and dilapidated landmark property whilst retaining its heritage by way of its educational use.”

Before the STUC occupied the building it was the 1896 Italianate extension of Woodside Public School, designed by Robert Dalglish in 1882.

One of the first to be built by the Glasgow School Board, more than 70,000 pupils passed through the gates. The school eventually closed in 1999.

Glasgow-based property consultancy firm ZUZU is working on the building design, interiors, mobilisation and operational management plan. This includes building sustainability and using smart technology to maximise energy efficiencies to ensure the building keeps its carbon footprint to a minimum.

Christine Young, managing director at ZUZU, said: “We are thrilled to be working on such an exciting restoration project of such a beautiful and historically significant building in Glasgow – we have some amazing plans to pay homage to the old school whilst respecting the needs of modern living residents.”

The development has previously received support from councillors and locals alike since earlier planning stages.

Councillor Hanzala Malik said: “I am quite impressed with the plans – this building used to be a school and I am happy it is going to continue to be used as an educational establishment.”

Urban Pulse is in discussions with The Stand Comedy Club to ensure that it retains its iconic basement venue and to assist in the re-opening of the comedy venue as soon as possible. It is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The restoration project is set to be complete by July 2023 and open September 2023.

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