Public Conveniences, Anniesland Cross - Undergoing Refurbishment:
A purpose built public convenience designed by architect Peter Buchanan Cook and constructed in 1938. the building is cruciform in plan and sited on the large traffic island at the centre of the crossroads at Anniesland in the north-west of the city. Constructed of banded ashlar the building is a single storey small structure, with balustrades topping each elevation. Internally the building is divided into both male and female seperated facilities.
The building has been closed since at least the 1990s, and was well secured suffering just occasional minor graffitti. The stonework was in very good condition, although heavy stained as a consequence of both its age and excessive exposure to traffic fumes being sited at an extremely bust traffic junction.
UPDATE: In late 2011 the building was purchase by a small construction company owner as a personal project to turn the building into a tapas bar with a refurbishment planned to be undertaken over a period of approximately 18 months. In 2012 the new owner had the stonework cleaned using abrasives. A method not recommended and a method which should be in contravention of the building's B listed status. This cleaning method has been heavily criticised in the past as it can cause great damage to the stonework by removing the protective outer layer of the stone. Without the outer 'crust' the stone can then suffer a faster rate of decay and undergoing mineral depletion. In late 2012 the building sits now cleaned and a radically lighter colour with a loss of crispness in the stonework. A large doorway has also been cut on the south elevation as work progresses. All the photographs below are pre-refurb, more recent photographs are to be added to this page.
street address: 2 Anniesland Road, Glasgow, G13 1XB
Latitude / Longitude: 55.890295,-4.326628 (sourced using Google Maps)
Site visit date: 25 October 2007
south & east elevations (25/07/2007)
the barely visible trace of former 'gentlemen' signage (25/07/2007)
view from the south-east with the tower block at Anniesland Cross in the background (25/07/2007)
modern signage for the ladies facilities (25/07/2007)
doorway at the west end of the south elevation, note the minor graffitti on the building (25/07/2007)
east elevation (25/07/2007)
ladies signage (25/07/2007)
south and west elevations, note the dark staining the builidng has suffered and the balustrades topping each elevation (25/07/2007)
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