OPINION - Buildings of the past can have a future

GLASGOW boasts some excellent examples of the finest Georgian and Victorian architecture in Britain, which must be preserved.

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While the city has regenerated itself in recent decades with new modern buildings along the Clyde and new office developments to meet current day market needs the city's character is tied up with its past.

Many people were saddened to see the Springburn Halls, a magnificent building in its day, demolished and there are fears that others similarly neglected will go the same way.

While preservation costs money and it could be argued that in financially stained times cash is better spent on services than buildings we cannot allow important architecture to decay to the point they become dangerous.

The time to save the Springburn Halls was not last year but decades ago, when the first signs of decay set in and the building was not in public use.

Projects like the Olympia in Bridgeton and Maryhill Burgh Halls show that old landmarks can be saved and be a part of the regeneration by being brought into good use again.

The Building Preservation Trust has other examples of structures at risk all over the city and is right to say that action is needed now rather than when it is too late.

GLASGOW boasts some excellent examples of the finest Georgian and Victorian architecture in Britain, which must be preserved.

While the city has regenerated itself in recent decades with new modern buildings along the Clyde and new office developments to meet current day market needs the city's character is tied up with its past.

Many people were saddened to see the Springburn Halls, a magnificent building in its day, demolished and there are fears that others similarly neglected will go the same way.

While preservation costs money and it could be argued that in financially stained times cash is better spent on services than buildings we cannot allow important architecture to decay to the point they become dangerous.

The time to save the Springburn Halls was not last year but decades ago, when the first signs of decay set in and the building was not in public use.

Projects like the Olympia in Bridgeton and Maryhill Burgh Halls show that old landmarks can be saved and be a part of the regeneration by being brought into good use again.

The Building Preservation Trust has other examples of structures at risk all over the city and is right to say that action is needed now rather than when it is too late.

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