Glasgow Dental Hospital

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Via Wikipedia:

The Glasgow Dental Hospital and School is a dental teaching hospital, situated in the Garnethill area of the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Dental students have been educated in Glasgow since 1879, and the Dental School began issuing the Bachelor of Dental Surgery Degree of the University of Glasgow in 1948. The current hospital is based in a 1931 Art Deco building on Renfrew Street. Designed by Wylie, Wright, and Wylie, is protected as a category B listed building. There is also a larger extension fronting Sauchiehall Street built in the brutalist style by Melville Dundas & Whitson in 1970. The West of Scotland Postgraduate Dental Centre is located adjacent to the Dental School and provides post-graduate and distance dental education.

Reflections of decay

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A nice shot of reflections in St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, Dunbartonshire. This is the second time I’ve explored this old building. Both times there have been other people there exploring as well, I think despite being abandoned it is one of the main attractions (for people like me, anyway) in Cardross. It truly is a stunning building. There’s talk of restoring it to the way it once was, maybe it might see use again. Until then it’s one of the my favourite abandoned places in the area.

Gorbals High Rise

Gorbals High Rise

Another pic from my wandering down by the Clyde the other night. This time in colour, I couldn’t resist with that beautiful purple sky. The weather might be grey 90% of the time during this part of the year, but when the colours do come out it’s worth it.

The flats across the river

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Some more of Glasgow’s high rise flats, although this time ones that are here to stay for the foreseeable future. These flats sit on the South side of the River Clyde opposite Glasgow Green in an area known as the Gorbals. The chimney to the left is the Gorbals brewery, one of may in the city.

The Red Road flats – still hanging on

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The last remaining inhabited block of the famous Red Road flats in North East Glasgow. The two block on the right middle back are empty, in the process of being cleared out and made ready for them to be demolished in a controlled explosion. Some of the flats have already been demolished in this way, along with many others in Glasgow, with many more to follow.

These types of housing estates were a 1960’s experiment in concrete, brutalist architecture and social housing. Unfortunately, although widely hailed as the solution to the housing issues which plagued the Glasgow tenement slums in the early 1900’s, this type of housing is now recognised for its own troubles, including the facilitation of crime and contributions to social exclusion, alongside a host of issues relating to the design and maintenance of these types of buildings. Glasgow Housing Association are in the process of building a new generation of social housing across the city, an ambitious project that will hopefully provide much needed social housing stock that has been depleted over the past couple of decades thanks to the ‘Right to Buy’ scheme of the Thatcher era and a failure of successive governments to develop more social housing as well as maintain what existing stock there is.

Despite the promise of new housing and the banishment of the old dilapidated flats and the social issues that come with them, I’m going to miss the high flats all over Glasgow. My uncle used to stay in the high flats at Ibrox (recently demolished) and I have fond memories of the views from the 19th floor across the City, to the Campsie Hills and beyond to Ben Lomond and the Highlands. For a young kid from a small coastal town these types of flats were awe inspiring, huge concrete monoliths that stretched for what seemed like miles into the sky, with people living in them (!). I’d imagine I’m not the only one. Not all of the high flats are going, though. Many are being refurbished and kept on alongside the new housing stock for the 21st century. Even then, the changes to the Glasgow skyline are going to be immense: at present you can look in any direction no matter where you are in Glasgow and see tall tenement buildings (they make good way points if you end up lost…). That wont be the case for much longer.

I’m in the process of trying to document as many of these types of flats before they are all gone, and have been on contact with Glasgow Housing Association to try and gain access to some of the buildings which have already been de-occupied. Hopefully I’ll have some more pictures of these brutalist beauties in the near future.

Weekly Photo Dump 17/09/2013

So here’s the second of my weekly photo dump posts where I’ll be posting all the pics I’ve been taking and editing on my phone during my wanders about the place.

A lot of this week’s pics are panoramic shots. I’ve been playing around with it a lot and trying out some interesting stuff. I’m still pretty amazed by the photo capability of the Samsung S4. If Samsung would like to pay me for that little review that would be fantastic…

 

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Panoramic shot from underneath the Kingston Bridge on the River Clyde, with the Clyde Arc (Squinty Bridge) on the far left and the Squiggly Bridge (nonidea what it’s actually called) on the far right.

 

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Sunset on Sunday evening from Kirkcaldy Shore. The little lumps of rock on the far right of the horizon are Inchkeith Island and Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh (furthest right).

 

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A panoramic shot from Cessnock underground station. I get some funny looks in that place.

 

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One of the newer buildings on Broomielaw in the IFSD along the river Clyde, contrasted next to the older (former) Clyde Port Headquarters.

 

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A little bit of (slightly blurry) brutalist architecture in Kirkcaldy.

 

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The abandoned Haghill Primary School in the East End of Glasgow.

 

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The beautiful interior of Hillhead Kelvinside Church in Glasgow’s West End. Incidentally I’ll be showcasing some of my pictures in the church this weekend as part of Glasgow Doors Open day, so head along if you’re in that part of town for an opportunity tonsee parts of the amazing building that you usually wouldn’t, and also check out my pics while you’re at it 😉

If you’re interested the address is Kelvinside Hillhead Parish Church, Saltoun Street, West End, Glasgow G12 9AU

 

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Another panoramic shot from along the Clyde, this time with some of the stunning newer buildings along Broomielaw and of course the Squiggly Bridge.

 

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And a final shot from the M8 on the Kingston Bridge looking West towards the Clyde Arc, seeing as I started with a shot from under the bridge.

And there you go, another successful weekly photo dump.  Hope you enjoyed!