Alumasc Façade Systems has helped transform a property in Glasgow, ensuring it stands head and shoulders above the rest.
A stunning new mural forms part of the repair and refurbishment of the gable end wall at 577 Shettleston Road which, for many years, had been was dominated by a former municipal lamp-lighting depot that had fallen into decay and had become a local eyesore.
Shettleston Housing Association purchased the building in 2013 and made the decision to demolish it as maintaining and refurbishing it wasn’t feasible.
With the lighting depot gone, the gable end was highly visible for people entering Shettleston from the west. With the arrival of the Commonwealth Games and the poor impression it created for visitors to the neighbourhood, the Housing Association wanted to give residents and visitors something to smile about.
As part of the refurbishment process, Alumasc Facades supplied their external wall insulation system, finished with a high performance plain render. This was expertly installed by Ailsa Building Contractors Ltd who were commissioned by Shettleston HA to carry out the refurbishment work prior to the Commonwealth Games.
As a result of a collaboration between the Association and third year pupils at Eastbank Academy, who worked with arts company Art Pistol, an unusual theme for the mural was developed. The original brief was to come up with an idea that would make the best use of the space available, with consideration given to its height – four storey Victorian tenement – and its prominence at the ‘entrance’ to Shettleston. The solution was obvious to the pupils who named the piece – ‘You’re having a giraffe!’
The striking mural was completed over the Glasgow Fair weekend in 2014, with the title being a nod to Glasgow humour!