Lennox Castle, Lenzie hospital and historic church ‘at risk’

woodilee hospital hand in
woodilee hospital hand in

A SERIES of celebrated buildings could face ruin if urgent action isn’t taken in East Dunbartonshire.

That’s the warning from Historic Scotland, with around 16 local properties of significant historic interest put on the Buildings at Risk Register.

Categories of risk range from ‘critical’ to ‘minimal’ and top of the list is Lennox Castle, in Lennoxtown.

The A-listed building was gutted by fire in 2008. It’s condition has been classed as ‘critical’ in the report.

The owners have proposed to restore the facade and convert the structure into 32 residential flats.

Classed as a ‘high risk’ are Cawder House Stables, owned by Cawder Golf Club, the administration block and clock tower at the former Woodilee Hospital in Lenzie, and the council-owned Lennox Family Vault and Waiting Room at the Old Parish Church in Clachan of Campsie.

It’s hoped that the Clachan of Campsie property will shortly be taken off the list as the council has given the green-light for repair and restoration work.

The other two properties, however, are in private ownership and the council has pledged to take action should they be left to crumble further by the golf club and Woodilee housing developers.

The report also highlights properties that need to be kept under scrutiny. These include buildings at the former Broomhill Hospital, in Kirkintilloch, and Huntershill House, in Bishopbriggs. Both are rated at ‘moderate risk’.

Kirkintilloch Town Hall, meanwhile, is only rated as being at ‘minimal risk’, but council officers have recommended that it be upgraded to ‘high risk’.

The building, which was closed by the council in 2004, has suffered significant damage since it was last inspected by the official body.

Councillors at a recent meeting of the council’s development and infrastructure committee were told: “Various options for restoration and re-use using external funding have been explored, but no significant progress made.”

FORMER TIMES (pictured): Woodilee Hospital as it once was.