HAGHILL PRIMARY SCHOOL
WHERE IS IT? Hidden away on Marwick Street in Dennistoun, five minute walk from Alexandra Parade train station and Alexandra Park.
The most striking thing about the category B listed Haghill Primary school is that it rests on a slab of concrete, squared in by rows of tenement houses, not the most obvious place to look for a school.
The building was designed by Andrew Lindsay Miller, an architect who specialised in work from school boards in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. The simple red sandstone structure stands three storeys high, the ground floor accommodating the infant pupils, while the upper two floors were a division of the sexes. The three tiers were arranged around a large central well, which served as a games or sports hall, and allowed the headmaster or headmistress to easily observe all of the classes.
In 2004 a new primary school was built, with Haghill boarded up and left to rot. In 2007 Neil Marshall turned Marwick Street into a futuristic warzone for his apocalyptic film Doomsday. The local joke was that they did not need to do much to the area, given the state of the central school. In the years since then, the building has deteriorated further, a victim of the Scottish weather, now infested by rot and damp. It stands as a sad story of a proud former Glasgow School Board building.
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