LONDON ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
WHERE WAS IT? In Glasgow's east end, standing in front of Celtic Park in Parkhead, opposite the Velodrome.
London Road School lay derelict and boarded up in the shadow of Celtic Park, until eventually it was demolished to make way for further developments in the football ground in 2014. Although the building has since been demolished, we have kept the page so you can enjoy our pictures of it and learn about the history behind it.
The London Road Primary School lasted well over 100 years, designed in 1905 by architecture firm Thomson, Turnbull and Peacock, comprised of Alexander Thomson Turnbull, his father Robert Turnbull and Thomas Reid Peacock.
It served as a superior example of the Edwardian Baroque style; when originally completed in 1907 the three-storey red ashlar block featured Venetian windows in pedimented end pavilions. There is also a small janitor’s lodge built on the ground next to it, a simpler two-storey affair.
However, while its sporting neighbour has been modernized, the Category B-listed school fell into disuse. With the construction of the Velodrome across the road, the school has become something of an eyesore. While many would like the exterior to be kept intact, recent reports suggest it is structurally unsound. In 2012, Celtic was looking to demolish the building to use the space for a superstore, museum, theatre, café and ticket office to help rejuvenate the deprived area. It was demolished in 2014 before the Commonwealth Games took place, but the space has yet to be redeveloped.
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