This photograph shows the Woodville Airms bar, as well as the now unoccupied high rise flats on Summertown Road/Broomloan Road in Ibrox, Glasgow. The area itself is situated very close to Ibrox Stadium and borders with the Govan area of Glasgow and has a history of sectarian violence between Protestants and Catholics as well as other social problems, partly due to the decline in shipbuilding on the Clyde. The area is close to the now mostly derelict Govan shipyards, and there are several run down industrial buildings near by. Until recently the area had several more high rise flats, as well as sprawling estates of semi-detached social housing. However, three of the existing high rise flats in the area (one of which my uncle used to live in) have already been demolished, and the remaining three are currently in the process of being torn down.
The bar in the picture, previously known as the Albion Bar, is somewhat notorious for being a pub used by Rangers fans, given its close proximity to the stadium. The bar closed around the same time as the flats were vacated, and has been disused since. Although I haven’t personally been inside there are several entrances into the building which can be seen from the street, so I imagine the building is being used by some people, although for which purpose I’m not sure.
The reason I chose this photograph for the exhibition is that unlike the others this is a site which the local council and others are paying attention to. In general the area is a good example of what can be achieved through new developments of old urban environments which run counter to overcoming social problems as well as how the refurbishment of old buildings, which are often architecturally important in their own right, can be used by the community, instead of being left to decay.
Several new social housing developments have now been completed in the area as part of a wider programme of urban regeneration by Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Government and several other local councils acting together as the Clyde Waterfront Partnership. Several other community projects are ongoing as part oft his regeneration and already there seem to be some positive impacts, with several community run arts projects and social enterprise projects showing success. One example is the old Govan Town Hall, not far from where this picture was taken, which is now being occupied by creative organisations such as the Glasgow Film City, a centre for community media production and training.
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