Jordanhill Campus tour makes memories for Glasgow pensioner

A former resident of a cottage located on the site of the former Jordanhill Campus, where CALA Homes (West) is to deliver over 400 premium homes, recently returned to the site for a trip down memory lane.

CALA Homes 31 October 2018

Pensioner Stanley Johnson, who was born in the front room of the cottage at 41 Jordanhill Drive, was keen to visit before the site - now known as Jordanhill Park - closed for construction work.

After contacting CALA Homes (West) he was treated to a personal tour of the former campus – and a last look at the house where he came in to the world over seven decades ago.

Jordanhill Campus resident in 1961Stanley said: “Dad moved in during 1932 and I was born in 1942 in the front room. It was a ‘tied’ house as my dad was deputy head gardener.

“The visit brought back a lot of memories and I now have the photos to remind me of them. I was surprised at how interested my wife and daughter were as we explored every nook and cranny. I can’t thank CALA enough for being so helpful.”Stanley at Jordanhill Campus in 1956

Project director David Sutherland added: “It was a pleasure to show Stanley around and help him re-live his early days. The fact that he was born in the cottage made it extra-special for us - we knew this was a one-off chance for Stanley to enjoy a last look at his former home and share with his family a slice of his life that they’ve never previously experienced.”

The visit took place just days before Stanley celebrated his 76th birthday and the former campus closed to the public. Access to the site ceased for safety reasons on 15 October 2018 as initial construction works got underway.

CALA Homes West is to invest £100 million in redeveloping the site which housed one of Scotland’s leading teaching facilities before being vacated in 2012. The premium housebuilder’s plans will build on the site’s legacy by establishing one of the city’s most desirable and well-designed residential development.

The development will also breathe new life into the Category B-listed David Stow building and ensure the existing playing fields remain open and available to local community.

Designed by award-winning architects 7N, Jordanhill Park will offer a diverse range of luxurious contemporary homes – from stylish one-bedroom flats to spacious, detached five-bedroom family homes.

Construction of the development will create more than 200 new jobs for Glasgow and deliver an economic boost of over £5 million in Gross Added Value. The first apartments, at Southbrae Drive, are set to be completed and on the market by the beginning of 2020.