DETAILED plans have been brought forward to turn a disused Victorian school into Glasgow’s fourth Gaelic primary.
Listed building consent is being sought for internal and external alterations to St James Primary School at Green Street, Calton.
A design document explains: “At an early stage it was decided that the most appropriate area to extend the school building was to the rear within the playground boundary to the west. The new extension would provide the required spaces for a modern school building that the original building can’t accommodate (multi-purpose hall, kitchen and drama/ dance space).
“This would mean that the function of the original classrooms would be retained and also reinstated where previously a kitchen and lunch hall were accommodated.
“Extending to the rear also retains the most architecturally significant elements of the building on the front facade but would require the demolition of the projecting canted bay and the later toilet blocks.”
It continues: “It is clear that the front facade was intended to be more intricately detailed than the rear facade and entrance wings from the outset, containing an added level of complexity and surface treatment to the stonework.
“Both in the original design and in the completed school, the rear canted bay and the circulation wings were treated as subsidiary to the main building and as a result the architectural finishes to the stonework were less refined.
“The justification for the demolition of the canted bay would then be that the architecturally significant features of the building’s exterior would still be retained in the front facade facing onto Green Street.”