Build­ing will be trans­formed to for­mer glory

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Blair­tum House is set to be re­stored fol­low­ing last month’s fire, the Re­former can re­veal.

There had been fears the iconic build­ing would have to be bull­dozed fol­low­ing the blaze, which ripped through the struc­ture on Fri­day, May 6.

But es­tate agent Al­lan and Har­ris have con­firmed the build­ing will still be con­verted into three lux­ury apart­ments.

A launch event at Ruther­glen Town Hall is planned for July 1 where po­ten­tial buy­ers can reg­is­ter an in­ter­est in pur­chas­ing one of the new homes.

The plans also in­clude four com­pletely new homes on the site.

Lo­cals had been left dev­as­tated by the blaze, which is be­lieved to have been started de­lib­er­ately.

One for­mer res­i­dent of the YMCA starter flats which were housed there, Donna MacLean, wel­comed the lat­est news.

She said: “I’m very pleased to hear this, it’s bril­liant news.

“What a waste it would have been if they had to pull it down.”

Ruther­glen South coun­cil­lor, Robert Brown, was also pleased with the news.

He added: “It is a build­ing that has been there for a long time with a num­ber of pub­lic uses.

“Peo­ple will be re­lieved to see it re­tained but they will also be re­lieved to see the site im­proved.

“There are lots of over­grown trees and things like that so the idea of it be­ing de­vel­oped will be sup­ported.”

The devel­op­ment, which has been called ‘Blair­tum Park,’ is be­ing taken for­ward by Rose­wood Homes with Al­lan and Har­ris mar­ket­ing the new homes.

A spokes­woman for Al­lan and Har­ris as­sured the Re­former the ex­te­rior of the C-listed build­ing would be re­tained and “trans­formed to its for­mer glory.”

Thomas Hill, new homes sales ad­vi­sor at Allen and Har­ris said: “The stun­ning con­ver­sion breath­ing new life into the for­mer derelict Blair­tum House, teamed with new homes, cre­ates a truly unique place to live.”

Prices for the homes will range from £380,000 for the apart­ments to £475,000 for the homes.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter your in­ter­est in at­tend­ing the launch event, call the Allen and Har­ris Burn­side branch on 0141 613 3992 or email blair­tum@al­lenand­har­ris.co.uk.

Orig­i­nally built in 1878, Blair­tum House was used as a home for the el­derly from the 60s un­til the 80s. It be­came a respite and day care fa­cil­ity for de­men­tia suf­fer­ers un­til 1996 be­fore be­ing con­verted to starter flats un­der the man­age­ment of the YMCA un­til 2006.

Good news Donna MacLean (right) and pal Tracy Pa­trick pre­vi­ously stayed at Blair­tum House

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