£3m work on fire-hit house

Flats con­ver­sion be­gins on site

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Work started ear­lier this week on con­vert­ing the iconic Blair­tum House in Burn­side into flats.

Rose­wood Homes will spend £3mil­lion on the project, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted next sum­mer.

Fears had been raised that the C-listed sand­stone villa would be bull­dozed after fire ripped through the build­ing in May this year.

The blaze, which was started de­lib­er­ately, could be seen from miles around with fire crews from Cam­bus­lang, Castlemilk, Spring­burn and Pol­madie tak­ing three hours to bring it un­der con­trol.

But essen­tial work to clear the site of de­bris and make it safe has now been com­pleted fol­low­ing the ar­son at­tack.

Lou Lauder, Rose­wood Home’s con­struc­tion di­rec­tor, said: “We’re back on track and are on sched­ule to have the project fin­ished by July next year.

“We’re build­ing lux­ury flats and prop­er­ties which will breathe new life into an out­stand­ing, his­toric lo­ca­tion.

“Un­for­tu­nately the fire de­layed the project slightly but we’re de­lighted we’ve now started the build­ing work on a de­vel­op­ment which will pro­vide much-needed, at­trac­tive hous­ing for this area.”

He added: “We’d like to thank South La­nark­shire Coun­cil who have been hugely sup­port­ive from the very early stages of the de­vel­op­ment, the plan­ning process and through­out the delay caused by the fire.”

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.

In 2013, plan­ning per­mis­sion was given to con­vert the build­ing into flats.

The fire left many in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing for­mer res­i­dents of the starter flats, stunned.

Donna Ma­cLean, who stayed in the fa­cil­ity for a year in the late 90s, said: “What a waste it would have been if they had to pull it down.”

The flats, which will com­prise a three­bed­room penthouse and t w o, three­bed­room lux­ury flats, is part of a wider Blair­tum Park de­vel­op­ment which wi l l also in­clude four, fivebed­room vil­las with pr ices rang­ing from £ 388,000 to £499,000.

Fire crews fight the flames at Blair­tum back in May

Blaze

His­toric The fire left the build­ing un­safe, but work has now started on trans­form­ing it into flats

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