A new flag of Renfrewshire


Renfrewshire, in common with other Scottish counties, has long had a flag of its own (covered previously), a banner of its coat of arms. The enduring problem remains that these are registered armorial bearings, protected by law and property of the individual or body corporate to which they are granted. This is enforced in Scotland by the delightfully feudal Lyon Court, given wide powers by 17th century legislation to curb misuse.

In England particularly, new county flags - that can be flown by anyone - have taken off and gained widespread acceptance. Some are historic - the flag of Cornwall has been in use since the 19th century - but most are recent, drawing on traditional designs and motifs. The flag of neighbouring Devon, adopted by the county council in 2006, has been particularly successful.

The Kilmacolm Institute

Kilmacolm's 19th century Village Institute, derelict since the creation of the the Cargill Centre, is due to be demolished and replaced. A current planning proposal for this centrepiece lot at the village cross would see the construction of thirteen flats, with two retail units below.

Marischal Square, Aberdeen

FOLLOWING the (partial) cleaning of Aberdeen's magnificent Marischal College building, attention turned swiftly to its neighbour, the former council offices at St Nicholas House. A looming 1960s concrete-and-glass throw-up, St Nicholas was rendered obsolete as council officials decanted into the college.

Now virtually demolished, planners have examined ways to turn the area into a civic space. Initial pictures of the development have now been released. A few shortlisted designs were produced last year. 

Glasgow School of Art Library


I happened to stumble across this interactive panorama of the library at the Glasgow School of Art. The room is one of Scotland's modernist masterpieces. 

Luckily it escaped the 1960s trend of abandoning historic university libraries - to be replaced with buildings that fit with the design brief of the Glasgow University librarian, who called for his new university library to be a 'warehouse' for keeping books.

Creative destruction


Was very pleased to see one of Glasgow's biggest eyesores, the long-derelict 1960s monstrosity which once housed a bank on Royal Exchange Square, turned into rubble at the weekend.
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Previous Articles

Renfrewshire flags - A look back at the proper flags of the ancient county of Renfrewshire.

The Scottish Parliament - Possibly the most controversial structure in 21st century Scotland. A missed opportunity, a tragedy destined to happen or just an underrated work?

A Toast to Glasgow - Some views of Scotland's largest city and northern Britain's great Victorian metropolis.

A Defence of Propaganda - War-time optimism, reclaiming terminology and a nod to the fine work of Abram Games OBE.

St Andrew's House - Art deco at the political heart of Edinburgh.

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