Building will be transformed to former glory
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 email@example.com.
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