• Parkhead Cross heritage projects will deliver over £6million investment in area

    parkhead_public_schoolA Glasgow City Council committee today (24 January) provided an update on the progress of the Parkhead Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative.

    Since 2011, this phase of the project has funded a number of heritage-focused regeneration schemes which have improved the landmark buildings in the area, reinstated historic shopfronts and transformed the public realm around Parkhead Cross.

    Some of the key schemes within the project include: the B-listed Parkhead Public School; the gate lodge at the Eastern Necropolis; the former Clydesdale Bank (B-listed); the tenement building at 1361 Duke Street (B-listed); and St Michael’s Church.

    The partners in the project are Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, with the council leading on delivering the schemes which all share the common aims of: promoting a sense of place; restoring the townscape; reinstating the historic street pattern; and increasing the area’s vibrancy.

    Councillor Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Parkhead Cross is an important and historic location in Glasgow, and I am delighted to see that so much of its heritage has been restored and improved, with buildings such as Parkhead Public School being brought back to new life.  The council is proud to continue to work on this with our partners to regenerate some of the finest of the ‘old’ Glasgow in an area that has seen so much new development in recent years.”

    This investment of over £6million, initiated by funding of £1,400,000 from the council, and additional funding of £5,010,300 from Historic Scotland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government, will further develop the built heritage of Parkhead Cross.

    The investment priorities for this project were developed through studies of the importance of Parkhead Cross as both a conservation and retail centre.

    In addition to the work on the area’s built heritage, a programme of complementary work activities has taken place, including training in traditional construction skills; textile workshops based on Parkhead’s weaving past; community reminiscence events and an artist-in-residence programme in a shopfront at Parkhead Cross.

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