Monday, October 08, 2007

UK's oldest multi-storey garage at risk of demolition

West End, Glasgow UK
Above: Botanic Gardens Garage, the UK's oldest multi-storey garage

Arnold Clark wants to demolish the B-listed Botanic Garden's Garage, in Glasgow's West End where plans are to build a four storey block of 35 flats, four mews cottages, retail space and a restaurant. The Botanic Garage is the oldest surviving custom built garage in Glasgow. Built c. 1906 it was designed by David Valentine Wyllie and has a distinct facade of green and white terra-cotta tiles and an unusual steel-trussed roof and extensively glazed rear wall, crowned with shaped gables. Eva Branscome, of heritage group said it is 'an important survivor from the earliest days of automobile history.'

A community campaign has been launched to save it via my-space, and they now intend to lobby Historic Scotland to award the garage A-Listed status and safeguard it from demolition.

Above: Inside the Botanic Gardens Garage

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