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Old school transforms into business hub

Published Monday, 05 March 2012

former Burgh Primary School transformed into business units

The transformation of a former primary school in Rutherglen to modern business units is almost complete.

The old Burgh Primary will soon have 16 units suitable for small to medium sized businesses.

And the first tenants of the new building are The McLennan Partnership Ltd - the architects behind the refurbishment of the B-listed building. Vandalism meant that the vacated building could quickly have fallen into a state of serious disrepair.

The company was commissioned by the council to carry out the necessary work to transform the Victorian school. Work began last year including demolishing a recently added toilet block extension, extensive external fabric repairs, sash and case window refurbishment as well as internal rearrangement and redecoration.

The business units vary in size from 14 square metres to just under 68 square metres and includes a striking top lit atrium feature and glazed lift at its heart. A shared meeting room will be available for the businesses to book and a 26-space car park, controlled by permits, will also be created.

The Victorian character and feature of the building has been restored and enhanced to ensure this building can be appreciated and used for many years to come.

The Burgh Business Centre also has fantastic transport links, with Rutherglen Train Station just a short walk away. There is also easy access to the motorway network via the M74, with Junction 2 Cambuslang Road a few minutes drive away.

Leader of South Lanarkshire Council, Councillor Eddie McAvoy, said: "The old school building is a well known landmark for many people in and around Rutherglen.

"Because of the building's listed status, we had to find someone who would be able to preserve the style and character but also make it fit for modern businesses.

"I am delighted that The McLennan Partnership Ltd has made such a wonderful job in keeping the character of the building whilst providing first-class office space. We are of course thrilled to welcome them as the first tenants - it's a ringing endorsement of the whole project that they have moved in.

"I hope that local businesses who may be in need of new premises consider moving into the building. We would also be happy to welcome businesses that are looking to relocate to Rutherglen with its fantastic transport links, friendly locals and a large client base on your doorstep.

"I hope that before long we have as many businesses as possible using this fantastic new facility."

The McLennan Partnership Ltd is a Chartered Architectural Practice, founded in 1981. Director Steven Innes said: "We have been based in the Burnside or Rutherglen area for the last 30 years.

"We have been looking to relocate our offices but wanted to stay in the same area. That's why we are delighted to be moving into the new Burgh Business Centre.

"It made sense on so many levels - as the architects we are obviously in the perfect position to vouch for the suitability of the building as business units.

"It's a very exciting time for us. Despite the economic slowdown of the last few years, we have a number of impressive projects on the go throughout the central belt and are lucky enough to continue to receive commissions for developments varying from individual one-off houses to large scale industrial and commercial projects.

"Our clients continue to recognise the value of good architecture and understand the difference a well-considered design and strong contract administration will make to their project."

For more information on the Burgh Business Units please email the council at or call 01698 455 159.