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The current slightly inclement weather is having an effect on our rebuilding works - it's not very easy (or safe) to do slating in these sort of conditions, for example!
But other works are continuing - the glazed curtain walling for the cafe has arrived on-site, and work to clean-up and restore the cast-iron clock face has begun.
New windows are also starting to be fitted in the main Hall...
When it first opened in 1878, Maryhill Burgh Halls was topped by a dramatic octagonal cupola, featuring an air vent topped by a landmark wind vane. This was removed some time in the late 20th century when it became unsafe.
An archive image of the Halls, showing the original cupola in place, can be seen on the RCAHMS Canmore site here.
A video of the leadwork being shaped onto the dome can be seen here:
Pictures and video from a series of heritage trade taster workshops, giving participants an opportunity to learn about joinery, slate & leadwork, and stonecarving and masonry work. There were also some chances to get some hands-on experience of doing some slating, plus helping with the restoration of the Halls itself by doing some pointing-work...
The three workshops were attended by 30 primary 7 pupils from a local school, students from Glasgow Met College, and a range of interested local adults, aged between 20 and over 80!.
4 minute video showing some of the highlights of the third workshop
The feedback from the workshops was overwhelmingly positive, as was the level of interest people had in finding out more about both the trades demonstrated, and the Burgh Halls project in particular. One comment in particular drew attention to the benefit of discussing heritage trades and techniques against the background of a specific building and project, helping put the information in a relevant context.
The final word goes to one of our primary participants, who said:
“I’d like a job like this in the future”
Reclaimed original slates from the roof of the Burgh Halls, which were taken off and tested, cleaned and re-shaped, have now started to be replaced on the main elevation to Maryhill Road, and shortly, to the front of the building.
In Gairbraid Avenue, on the new sections of roof above the former police and fire station facades, new slates have been applied, of a similar type and colour to the originals.
Interestingly, the original slates weren't made of Scottish slate - they are Westmoreland slate, from a quarry in England, which is where the new slates have been sourced from.
Elsewhere on the building, new granite cladding is being added on the new part of the building facing Maryhill Road.
On display in the foyer of the Glasgow Club Maryhill, Gairbraid Avenue.
The panel is the Engineers - The likely source of this panel is the Maryhill Engine Works on Lochburn Road, built in 1873 for the Clarkson Brothers. Possibly one of the brothers is featured here, explaining to the workman with the spanner the details of the next job. The building still exists in Lochburn Road.
The Andy Scott designed Firemen Gates can be seen in the background.
Thanks to Glasgow Museums for the loan of the replica panel.
The facade retention steelwork on the former police station frontage has been taken down, now that the retained stonework is fully tied into the new steelwork behind it.
This former entrance will be a glazed window, giving views through to the cafe and garden courtyard beyond.
Standing in the middle of what will be the outdoor garden courtyard, looking in towards the double-height cafe space, and the main entrance from the shared courtyard with the leisure centre on the right.
In the main Hall, looking out towards the new garden room and courtyard. New doors will be formed beneath the windows, and the glazing will be re-instated. This also gives a good view of ten of the square windows, on which were hung the Stephen Adam stained glass panels showing the trades and industries of Maryhill.
New concrete floors taking shape in the new-build portions of the site, with the old stonework and roof of the main Hall on the right.
The final sections of steelwork for the new nursery and recording studio buildings has been delivered and erected on site, to the rear of the main Hall.
A lane of Maryhill Road was closed for 2 days to allow a crane to lift the new steelwork into position.
In the new attic floor above the main hall, the decorative trusses are wrapped in plastic to protect them while the new skylights are fitted.
New roofspace floor takes shape amongst the ornate original roof trusses, which will remain in place.
New steelwork behind retained facade of Police Station meets the main Halls building itself.
Standing where the cafe will be, looking towards the retained wall of the former Police Station
Bob Winter, Lord Provost of Glasgow - who grew up in Maryhill - today visited the Burgh Halls site to see how work was progressing.
Left - Bruce Malcolm, Sentinel Clerk of Works
Centre - Bob Winter, Lord Provost of Glasgow
Right - Hunter Reid, Project Co-ordinator, Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust
Temporary propping in House removed
Westok new steel beams in main hall
Preparing to lay the new concrete floor in the main Hall
New steelwork progress behind retained facade of Police Station.
Metal decking being installed on new first floor level