Notre Dame College of Education – Gillespie Kidd & Coia, Bearsden

Notre Dame College of Education – Gillespie Kidd & Coia, Bearsden

Notre Dame College of Education (Latterly St Andrew’s College, Bearsden) was completed in 1969, 38 years later the teaching blocks and sports hall were demolished to start the building of Bearsden Academy, a new Local Authority school, built on a PFI contract. Of the five category A listed residential blocks two were demolished and three retained with plans to convert to housing, and more housing to be built on the north side of the site.

Andy Macmillan architect with Gillespie Kidd and Coia said: “There’s no reason why they couldn’t convert the existing college which had excellent space and facilities including a swimming pool and gym. It seems to me odd that a building built in decent materials with maple flooring and Oregon pine finishes, should be knocked down.

“They don’t think to ask the architect what his views are and you can get terribly philosophical about these things but unless they demolish me, I’m happy!”

Images taken by Rich Ford at flickr, http://www.flickr.com/photos/rich_ford