Historic campus building gets facelift

1st August 2022

A 120-year-old building is to undergo a sympathetic restoration to help it continue its new life as an educational and conferencing space.

Procast will commence the £800,000 project later this month (August, 2022) at historic Abercorn House in Paisley, now part of the West College Scotland campus.

The extensive works on the C-listed former school building that dates back to 1902 will continue for 36 weeks and will include:

  • Removal and replacement of all cast gutters, downpipes, soil vent pipes, tiles, slates, battens, felt, sarking boards, concrete roof tiles, lead flashings, lead gutters, lead cladding and mastic
  • Chimney remedial works
  • Large volume of stone masonry works including, re-pointing, lithomix repairs and ashlar stone replacement
  • Removal and replacement of existing render
  • Large volume of timber replacement and preservation works including to ventilation and bell towers
  • Timber window remedial works
  • External decoration works

The building will remain live within the fully occupied and operational college campus through the duration of the works, so Procast will have to ensure the construction work remains segregated by a secure boundary at all times.

The key hazards the site team will manage are:

  • Site security
  • Housekeeping
  • Traffic management

Furthermore, if any asbestos is found, Procast will adopt stringent processes and procedures to ensure control of this hazard.

This is an individual tendered project in which quality as well as price were considered, and it is similar to others completed by Procast at Cowan Park in Barrhead and Thenue Housing Associations’s Calton tenement upgrade in Glasgow.

The project will be led by Commercial Manager John Kane who will be supported operationally by Contracts Manager Gary Baxter, commercially by Beth Dougan and by Buyer Jennifer Strain.

A Procast spokesman said: “We are delighted to be appointed by West Collage Scotland and look forward to working alongside their Principal Designer Ryden to carefully restore this historic building.

“The building is a former board school, constructed in 1902 and is full of character and challenges.

“Procast fully understand the importance of completing these essential works on programme with minimum inconvenience to the staff, residents and visitors.”

The former school was built to the designs of Paisley architect John Hutchison, who is known for his apprenticing of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

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