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Modern Times: 1950s to The Present Day

Buildings and Cityscape

Education Buildings

By Bart McGettrick

St Aloysius' Primary School The education buildings constructed after the Second World War were very different in character from those that preceded this period. The differences were in both quantity and quality.

St Martha's Primary School It the 1950s there was a rapidly advancing social development programme that included the building of many schools. The schools built in that era were most notably located in the peripheral "housing schemes" of Glasgow. Many of these were built following the decision to create "Comprehensive Schools" in the late 1950s. This education policy remained in place for the rest of the 20th century. Schools were therefore large in size and were inclusive of many subjects and disciplines. They incorporated recreational areas such as swimming pools.

St Batholomew's Primary School This style of school continued to be built with developing school designs to meet the needs of local communities. A particular architectural feature was the use of glass and light building materials, an unfortunate consequence of this was more rapid obsolescence which characterised much of the building of this period.

Glasgow Polytechnic, 1991 A particular feature between the 1960s and 1990s was the development of higher and further education in the city. The University of Strathclyde and Caledonian University had expensive buildings and estates programmes. These dominated the city centre and provided architectural design characteristics of the 1960s and 1970s. The designs were highly functional in form, but were not designed to last in the same manner as their predecessors. There has been much criticism of the architectural quality of buildings of this era.

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