Flats plan gets the green light

Old Stonelaw an­nex is set to be con­verted

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Strat­ton Wil­liams

Plans to turn the for­mer Stonelaw High School build­ing into lux­ury flats in an £800,000 pro­ject have been given the go-ahead.

The devel­oper aims to con­vert the listed build­ing’s an­nexe and jan­i­tor’s house into eight flats.

And devel­oper Mr Shafi is de­ter­mined to carry out “sym­pa­thetic” restora­tion of the McCal­lum Av­enue prop­erty.

“My aim is to re­tain as much of the char­ac­ter of the build­ing as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“It won’t be a quick fix, how­ever, and it’s still early days. There is a lot of in­ves­ti­ga­tion still to be car­ried out and there are strin­gent stip­u­la­tions for the pro­ject.”

While re­luc­tant to stip­u­late a spe­cific timescale for com­ple­tion of the con­ver­sion, Mr Shafi con­ceded it could take some time.

“It could be a cou­ple of years be­fore the flats could be com­pleted,” he added.

“I’m just de­lighted, though, that the build­ing will be re­stored. It’s a real pas­sion of mine.

“I hate when beau­ti­ful build­ings like this are lost for ever,” he added.

Ed­die Hawke, agent for Mr Shafi, said the work to re­store the build­ing to its for­mer glory will be “chal­leng­ing”.

“It’s a listed build­ing, owned by the coun­cil,which is in poor shape” he said.

“But the coun­cil and His­toric Scot­land want it re­turned to pris­tine con­di­tion.

“The chal­lenge is to save the in­side par­tic­u­larly.

“The whole in­te­rior of the build­ing needs scrapped and started from the be­gin­ning,” he said.

And plans for the restora­tion of the build­ing have been wel­comed by Green Party cam­paigner Su­san Martin.

“I’m happy it is to be con­verted rather than flat­tened,” said Ruther­glen woman Su­san.

“It en­hances the area to keep tra­di­tional build­ings like this,” she said.

Mrs Martin has pe­ti­tioned in the past for the build­ing to be con­verted into a com­mu­nity space.

“If that’s not go­ing to hap­pen then I’m happy with the pro­posal.

“Flats are bet­ter than the prop­erty not be­ing there at all.

“It would be a nice touch too if they could green the place up with some plant­ing.”

Stonelaw High School was first formed in 1970 by merg­ing some of the pupils al­ready at Ruther­glen Academy with pupils from Gal­lowflat Ju­nior Sec­ondary.

Even­tu­ally it be­came a six-year school and was re­lo­cated to new premises on Calder­wood Road, Ruther­glen in 1998.

It is be­lieved that the cur­rent an­nexe on McCal­lum Av­enue, site of the pro­posed de­vel­op­ment, has lain empty since then.

It’s a pas­sion of mine. I hate when beau­ti­ful build­ings like this are lost for­ever

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