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Iconic Glasgow building saved for future generations thanks to major renovation project



An iconic B-listed building in Glasgow’s Tradeston area has been saved from falling into serious disrepair thanks to the building’s factor Speirs Gumley, a dedicated group of home and business owners, and grant funding from Glasgow City Council.

The building at 33 Dalintober Street/53 Morrison Street was originally designed in 1919 by architect James Ferrigan as a warehouse for the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, completed in 1933. It sits immediately beside the very prominent Co-operative House, which is adjacent to the Kingston Bridge on the south side of the River Clyde. The building was converted to 60 flats and 4 commercial units in 1999.

A recent survey of the building carried out by chartered building surveyors, Wiseman Associates Limited, discovered major defects in the roof and basement car park, leading to water penetration in both areas. The survey discovered that the 100 year old roof was beyond repair and that the roof covering would have to be replaced entirely. Restoration costs were tendered at £1.135 million and, without these vital works, the building would deteriorate rapidly, homes would suffer from dampness and rot, and would lose value and become very difficult to sell.

Facing bills of around £16,000 per homeowner and £43,000 per business owner, the cost of the repairs looked prohibitive until Factor Speirs Gumley were able to successfully secure grant funding of 50 percent from Glasgow City Council. With this financial assistance from the Council, Speirs Gumley was then able to seek approval from the homeowners and business owners to pay their share of the remaining costs, in order that the vital repairs could go ahead.

Speirs Gumley was faced with the very difficult challenge of having only 12 weeks within which to collect almost £576,000 from 64 owners. 

Iain Friel, Managing Director of Speirs Gumley said: “I’m delighted that with the support of the Dalintober /Morrison Street Focus Group and many other owners, together with a huge helping hand from Glasgow City Council, this project is now finally well under way.  The scale of the task in collecting such a significant sum of money in a short space of time cannot be underestimated, and is testament to the commitment of the owners to restoring their property and the dedicated team at Speirs Gumley.  Appointed Surveyors, Wiseman Associates and contractors GDN Contracts have been extremely professional and thorough throughout the process, and work is currently ahead of schedule.  We firmly believe that this project could kick start the transformation of Tradeston area.”

Councillor George Redmond, Executive Member for Jobs and Investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow City Council is delighted to have helped to restore this important part of our built heritage and safeguard it for many decades to come.  This type of support is not just funding the protection of beautiful architecture, but an investment in the regeneration of a part of the city that continues to attract other investment and development and so contributes to the economic strength of Glasgow.”

Greig Douglas of Wiseman Associates Ltd said: “This landmark property is a very prestigious project for our company to be involved in. It’s rewarding for us to see this historic 100 year old building being restored to the condition that the property deserves.”

David Kerr of GDN Contracts said: “This is one of the largest Property Management projects that we have ever been involved in and there has been excellent teamwork from all the parties involved. It’s an extremely prominent building and one that we are very proud to be a part of.  We’re looking forward to restoring this historic property back to its very best.”

Iain Thompson, a key member of the building’s Owner Focus Group said: “We’re so pleased that in the short space of time since hearing the news of the works needed and how much they would cost, that all parties involved managed to raise the funds required for the work to commence. We now are not only having a completely new roof, but also improvements to the underground carpark and stairwells along with a refurbishment of the facade. This will hopefully conclude in us having our very historic and beautiful building in a better state than it’s ever been in before.”


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Another historic Glasgow building added to our growing portfolio

image001Earlier this year Speirs Gumley were appointed to manage the iconic Wellpark Enterprise Centre in Glasgow’s East End.

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, who own the centre, completed the repair and conversion of Wellpark School in 1996 and Kirkhaven Church in 2003.  These historic listed buildings are now physically linked and well-established as an enterprise centre comprising more than 40 office units, covering 13,000 square feet of lettable space.

We are delighted to be part of the continued growth of the enterprise centre, the GBPT 2015 annual report showed that during the year occupancy level increased to 73% at year end compared to 67% in 2014.

Our Commercial Management team are hugely experienced in managing co-proprietor buildings, if you would like to obtain a tailored management proposal for your property please contact Jill Armstrong on 0141 302 1244.

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Future City – Glasgow

As part of the Future City Programme Glasgow company IES have developed a new Smart City app for Glasgow residents which we thought would be of interest to you.

The App explores building energy use across Glasgow and allows residents and businesses to rate how energy efficient their property is; discover how to save energy and save money. It works for anyone who’s property is within Glasgow City Council bounds.

If you sign up at before 12noon on 31st August 2015 you will be in with a chance to win a £100 gift voucher.

You can find out more about the Future City Programme by visiting


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Weather Advice

Frozen/burst pipes

Temperatures can drop to extremely low levels during winter and can cause pipes in your home to freeze. When there’s a sudden rise in temperature this can cause frozen pipes to burst. Temperatures have been forecast to rise this weekend therefore in order to help prevent  burst pipes you can take the following steps:

  •  Insulate your boiler and lag the pipes.  
  • Keep your home as warm as possible even if you are out
  • Ensure taps are turned off properly, especially last thing at night
  • Know where the internal stop/tap valve is (usually under the kitchen sink) and how to turn it off

In the event of a major loss out with our normal office hours please call our out of hours number 0845 604 4075. This number should be used for emergencies only not for general claims to be reported.


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Weather Warning

Weather Warning – Severe gale to storm force winds forecast

As you may be aware weather warnings are in place for this weekend due to forecasted severe gale to storm force winds affecting the country.  We have been in touch with our property insurers and loss adjusters to ensure that they are fully prepared in the event that assistance is required as a result of the storms.  Both Deacon and Cunningham Lindsay are on standby and ready to assist wherever necessary.  We have also taken steps to ensure that, if the weather is persistent and longterm, we will be in a position to instruct necessary repair works as quickly as possible.

We have briefed all of our staff and increased telephone cover to ensure that any reports of damage are dealt with as quickly as possible however if you are unable to contact us by telephone you can intimate an insurance claim via our website reporting page which can be found here  or via our mobile app which you can download to your device from here .

While we will endeavour to have any damage repaired as soon as possible please be aware that contractors may be unable to access high levels due to weather conditions.

In the event of a major loss out with our normal office hours please call our out of hours number 0845 604 4075. This number should be used for emergencies only not for general claims to be reported.


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Festive Holiday Period

Our office will close at 12:30pm on Wednesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on  Monday, 5th January 2015 unless we experience exceptionally bad weather when, of course, we will be on hand to deal with any issues.   

If you require the services of an emergency tradesmen during this period please call 0141 332 9225 or click here


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Tennis Scotland Festival At The Emirates Arena

tennisemirates500 School pupils from the East End of Glasgow attended a mini tennis festival at The Emirates Arena on Wednesday 5th November.

We were delighted to sponsor the event and to work with the team from Tennis Scotland in delivering a great day for everyone who came along.

Thanks to all the hard work of the coaches from Tennis Scotland and Glasgow Life the children had an opportunity to participate in various games and to develop their skills while having fun taking their first steps to challenging Andy Murray.

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Speirs Gumley Stand Up To Cancer

untitledWe held our 3rd annual Stand Up To Cancer comedy fundraiser on Friday 17th October .  The brilliant Raymond Mearns returned to host the event and was joined by some of the countries top comedians, Phil Differ, Scott Gibson, Viv Gee and Gary Meikle each of them giving up their time for free to help us reach our fundraising target.

We held our first comedy fundraiser in 2012 which raised £3000, last year we achieved a total of £4000 so this year we pulled out all the stops to go even better.  Our staff and guests had a fantastic day raising funds and awareness for this amazing cause and, due to the generosity of everyone in attendance, we raised an incredible £6297.70.

Rowan Main, Local Fundraising Manager for Cancer Research UK, said, “I’m simply delighted at the astonishing success of Speirs Gumley’s SU2C event! What an amazingly funny afternoon and raised a fabulous £6297.70. Speirs Gumley are helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured by bringing everyone together, putting the fun in fundraising.”

We would like to thank everyone who participated and contributed to the huge success of the event.


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Major Repairs Scheme gets underway

130814 (5) - CopyOne of the most prominent buildings in the Finnieston area is to undergo a major repairs scheme following the success of our Residential Management team securing grant funding from Glasgow City Council on behalf of the property owners.

Significant works were required to the building and while the property owners were keen to proceed the costs involved were proving prohibitive.  Our repairs team and property inspector worked closely with the owners and Glasgow City Council resulting in substantial funding being secured which has now allowed the works to go ahead.

Recent reports such as the Glasgow Factoring Commission findings published in January of this year have recognised that there has been a general deterioration of buildings in the city due to under investment from property owners.  As property managers we will do whatever we can to ensure buildings are maintained to the highest possible standard however ultimately if there is a lack of funds then works may not proceed.

The success of this repairs scheme shows that by working together owners, property managers and local authorities can ensure that essential works are carried out which will not only protect the owners’ investment but also help maintain the outstanding heritage of our city.


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commonwealth games – traffic management

Gymnastics Green 2The excitement is building as we welcome the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow.  This will be an incredible event for the city and we are looking forward to a jam packed 11 days of sport and festivities.  We have two members of staff involved in the games, Yvette Hutcheson is a Clydesider and Cheryl Dearie is part of the cast performing at the opening ceremony; we know both will be fantastic in their roles at Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event.

During the games there will be up to 1 million people travelling to and from areas in and around Glasgow so the transport network is going to be much busier. Some road and parking restrictions will be in place which may affect our usual response times.  We have been preparing and planning for the impact the games will have for a number of months and have been in contact with our approved contractors to ask that they ensure they are familiar with all traffic restrictions so that any impact on response times is minimal.  Further information on traffic management plans can be found at

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be incredible and we can’t wait for them to get started.


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