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OK, I promised in the Edinburgh thread ages ago that I would soon be able to make some announcements on a wee project I'd been doing with Historic Scotland - a thematic survey of what cinema buildings were left in Scotland, which ones deserved listing that were currently unlisted, and which listed ones required upgrading, in our humble opinion.

Thereafter, feel free to use this thread to point out anything half interesting that HS lists - they're currently in the process of or about to do thematic surveys of theatres and pubs that I know of, so watch this space.

I'm pleased to say that the first fruits of the cinema survey have come through, with four new listings in the last week or so. More new listings and some upgrades are expected, I'll post about them when they're confirmed - some cases are not going down too well with the building owners, so will take some time!

So, first up, a Category B listing for the previously unlisted Riddrie Cinema in Cumbernauld Road, Glasgow (1938):

More history and pics here

Next, another Category B listing for the previously unlisted New Picture House, St Andrews (1931):

More history and pics here

Moving on now to Lanark, a new listing at Category C(s) for the town's former Regal (1936):

More history and pics here

Finally, for now, another new listing at Category C(s) for the Pavilion in Bathgate (1920):

More history and pics here

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The New Picture house is a lovely wee cinema. Went there a few years ago, when were on a family holiday to St Andrews for some reason.

I miss the La Scala in Inverness. It wasn't exactly the most architecturally stunning cinema, but it was nice. I have fond memories of going there to see classics such as Jurassic Park, Titanic (with my first ever girlfriend, and they even had an intermission to sell ice cream) and Austin Powers. Now, Inverness lacks a city centre cinema (apart from the screen at Eden Court), and they've built the ugliest, cheapest, over-scaled crude mock vernacular flats on the site of the old cinema. To go to the pictures, you have to go to the ugliest Warner Village (now Vue) out at the Retail Park on the edge of town. And it sucks.

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Resurecting this thread from the last decade. :)

10 January 2012

Post War Listed Buildings in Glasgow
A Partnership Project with Historic Scotland
Purpose of Report:
To advise Committee of a joint partnership project to celebrate and promote the
quality of Glasgow’s post war listed buildings.
It is recommended that Committee:-
Welcomes the development of the project to produce a joint publication
and exhibition on Glasgow’s Post War Listed Building Heritage.
Notes that this project is in line with Scottish Planning Policy and Scottish
Historic Environment Policy.

1.1 Scotland’s Historic Environment Policy ( SHEP ) published in July 2009
states that :
“Historic Buildings and structures are a highly visible and accessible
element of Scotland’s rich heritage. They cover a wide range of uses and
periods, which together chart a great part of the history of Scotland. They
affect all aspects of life, from education to recreation, to defence, industry,
homes and worship. Much of Scotland’s social and economic past and its
present is expressed in these exceptional buildings. Listing recognises their
historic importance. This in turn helps ensure that their potential for the
study of history and for wider issues such as sustainability, community
identity, local distinctiveness, and social and economic regeneration are all
fully explored. “
“Buildings less than 30 years old will normally only be considered for listing
if found to be of outstanding merit and / or facing immediate threat. “
1.2 There are now 226 buildings in Scotland erected after the Second World
war that have been listed for their special architectural or historic interest.
There are currently 38 post war listed buildings in Glasgow with several
more currently under review.
1.3 The statutory protection of buildings erected after 1945 can be a
controversial issue as they do not have the advantage of age and may not
have an architectural value that is immediately apparent. However, the
protection and conservation of post – war buildings can return a heritage
dividend, by giving new life to redundant buildings, establishing a sense of
place and attracting investment and support for regeneration.
1.4 Through a series of recent publications and exhibitions, Historic Scotland
has responded to the growing interest in buildings of this period ; their
research has contributed to the healthy debate about the value of protecting
and conserving this part of our architectural heritage.
2.1 The Listings team within the Policy and Outreach Division of Historic
Scotland approached the City Design Group of the Planning Division of
DRS in early 2011 in relation to a proposal for Historic Scotland and
Glasgow City Council to3. PROJECT OUTCOMES
3.1 The project outcomes include a publication with images and descriptions of
the post war listed buildings in Glasgow. The intention is to publish and
produce an initial print run of 500 copies and create a downloadable version
which will be available from both Historic Scotland’s and Glasgow City
Council websites. The publication will be available at no cost and will be
designed to be user friendly and accessible.
3.2 A promotional event is proposed to launch the publication at the Lighthouse,
Glasgow’s Centre for Architecture and Design on Thursday 17 May 2011
with eminent guest speakers and invited guests.
3.3 An exhibition on some of the buildings featured in the book will take place in
The Lighthouse following the launch.
4.1 This publication will contribute to the growing public awareness of the
variety and richness of Glasgow’s built heritage.
4.2 This project supports the principles set out in The Joint Working Agreement
that the City Council signed up to with Historic Scotland in 2010.
4.3 This project will support investment in the city by increasing awareness of
the city’s rich and varied architectural heritage.
5.1 It is recommended that Committee:-
Welcomes the development of the project to produce a joint publication
and exhibition on Glasgow’s Post War Listed Building Heritage.
Notes that this project is in line with Scottish Planning Policy and
Scottish Historic Environment Policy. work together on a joint publication to celebrate the
Financial: Promotional costs including exhibition panel
Legal: There are no legal implications associated
with this report.
Personnel: There are no personnel implications
associated with this report.
Environmental: There are no environmental implications
associated with this report.
Service Plan: This report takes forward the Service Plan
objective of Promoting the City.
Sustainable Procurement
and Article 19:
There are no implications associated with this
Development and Regeneration Services
7 December 2011
richness of the city’s modern architecture.

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Historic Scotland and RCAHMS merger

Published on 8 May 2013

Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop announced today, 8th May 2013, that the organisation created from the merger between Historic Scotland and RCAHMS is to be a Non-Departmental Public Body. Watch the Cabinet Secretary and Chief Executive's for Historic Scotland and RCAHMS talk about the merger and the launch of the first-ever overarching strategy for the historic environment in Scotland.

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From the Scottish Government website:

Visions of architectural utopia, and a radical – unrealised – 1940s plan to create a modern Glasgow of vertical towers and streamlined transport hubs, while demolishing landmarks, go under the spotlight in new research linked to the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Scotland + Venice 2014 project ‘Past + Future’ centres on the modernist architecture style, as applied in Scotland between 1950 and 1970. Four architect-led teams, under the direction of award-winning practice Reiach and Hall, are participating in a combined month-long residency in Venice, linked to the British Pavilion.

The second team, currently in residency, has focused on Glasgow’s version of modern architecture in the mid-twentieth century, as applied to its historic grid iron planned urban core.

Among the case studies of key buildings from the period are the Glasgow Dental Hospital, the Anderston Centre and the College of Building and Printing. The unrealised 1945 Bruce Plan is explored, plus the Highways Plan of 1965.

Influences cited range from the 1938 Glasgow Empire Exhibition and Le Corbusier, to New York’s United Nations building and the skyscraper Pirelli Tower in Milan.

The team presents research and content, including the last interview with the late Professor Andy MacMillan, former Head of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, in one of a series of specially-produced newspapers being distributed in Venice.

Over the course of the month, all four teams will engage with the international architecture community. Invited speakers will use the research to generate new ideas and thinking about architecture in a modern Scotland at four consecutive weekly events in Venice. The second, tomorrow (Friday), will discuss the Glasgow paper.

The initial research and outcomes of the debates in Venice will be brought back to Scotland in an exhibition and events programme curated by Architecture and Design Scotland at The Lighthouse in Glasgow in February and March 2015.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said:

“’Past + Future’ seeks to trace the evolution of a changing post-war Scotland by reflecting on modernity in Scottish architecture, the values that it sought to represent, and the optimism and motivation of architects to improve the lives of the ordinary citizen.

“The four teams involved have explored how the architectural heritage of this period became an integral part of the vision for post-war change in different parts of Scotland.

“The Scotland + Venice project serves as a valuable record of developing technologies and social and cultural attitudes and intends to open up debate both at home, and further afield, about what a modern architecture was and what it might be in the future.”

Amanda Catto, Portfolio Manager for Visual Arts at Creative Scotland, said:

“Creative Scotland is delighted to be working with British Council and the Scottish Government in commissioning Reiach and Hall to provide Scotland’s contribution to the prestigious Venice Architecture Biennale with an examination of Scotland's modernist past.

“Through its research this project aims to spark a debate about architecture in Scotland, using recent histories – both national and international - to inform and inspire future thinking.”

Lloyd Anderson, Director of British Council Scotland, said:

“We’re delighted to support a group of Scotland’s leading architectural practitioners and scholars address Rem Koolhaas’ brief for the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Focusing on architectural modernity in Scotland, we look forward to seeing how this rich theme will manifest itself at the Biennale and how, in turn, the dialogue and debate will continue among Scotland’s architectural community when the project returns to The Lighthouse in Glasgow in 2015.”

Neil Gillespie, Design Director at Reiach and Hall, said:

“Group two concerned themselves with Glasgow. In truth Glasgow is Scotland’s only city that approaches a metropolis. It is marked by strong Victorian development of a Georgian mercantile grid. The group have explored in some depth how the architects and developers of the 1960s took the Glasgow grid to literally new heights. It is a fascinating and revealing piece of research.’’
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