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Glasgow tenement included in shortlist for Britain’s most loved private building

A Glasgow tenement dating back to 1905 has been shortlisted for Britain’s Best Loved private building.

Camphill Gate Tenement in Shawlands is a B listed building, designed by John Nisbet as the city’s first fireproof tenement. The red sandstone building stands four storeys tall above ground floor retail - an unusually tall tenement for Glasgow.

The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) has narrowed it down to four buildings across the UK. Also included in the list is The Thatch in Norfolk, Berwick Lodge on the Isle of Wight, and Nunwick Barn in Yorkshire.

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The future of Camphill Gate was questionable after poor quality repairs in the ‘80s, which grew to cause significant problems. Iron gutters were replaced with undersized aluminium ones, which couldn’t cope with rainfall.

This results in cracks and leaks into the flats below. The Residents Association worked tirelessly to raise funds for the conservation and repair of the tenement, including hosting rooftop gigs, hosting visits from politicians, opening their doors for Glasgow’s Doors Open Day Festival and exhibitions concerning community issues.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust offered a grant of £292,226 towards conservation repairs, which was later augmented by a top up grant from Glasgow City Council. Further areas of repair have been identified in the building, including issues with windows and the stone facing.

With all 24 flats and 12 retail units in the building operational, the Camphill Gate Residents Association have managed to restore the building to its former glory and preserve an important part of the Southside’s heritage.

The judges of the awards said the building is: “An outstanding example of how a community of residents and owners have tirelessly worked together over eight years to improve the condition of their much-loved tenement.”

The SPAB Heritage Awards will see the winner receive their award on November 3, from designer, writer and TV presenter Kevin McCloud at Conway Hall in London.

You can vote for Camphill Gate here.


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