140 Salkeld Street, former Leyland Motor Company building
collage: biro, acrylic and Indian ink on used envelopes
370mm x 635mm
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This 1930’s Art Deco building was built for Leyland Motor company. It has a prominent circular corner tower, Art Deco strip windows and ribbed faience on fluted pilaster with more Art Deco columns in vestibule.
The original plans indicate the rear of the building as space allocated for the services department, which reflects the previous use of the building as a garage, indicative of the prevailing industry within the area.
For a few years the building leant itself to 30 individual horses’ stables used by the Strathclyde police mounted and dog branch until the horses vacated the premises for more suitable accommodation in 2008.
Since 2012 the building has been predominately empty, in consequence the facade has been subjected to vandalism and graffiti, and the periphery of the locale susceptible to fly tipping.
The buildings west and south facing facades is framed by the recently completed M74 overpass, leaving leftover unoccupied spaces scarring the already desolated area which is devoid of any public space and activity.
It is a category B listed building listed on the British Listed Buildings site here
It is also listed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland here