143 Oxford Street is located in Laurieston, which lies in the western area of the old Gorbals. The former drapery warehouse was originally built in 1928 by C J McNair after a tenement was demolished to make way for it.
We visited our site at the start of the project to understand and explore both the building and area.
We noticed that it is currently very empty. The majority of shops were closed. There were very few people around. Despite having multiple transport links within the area, few people actually stop. It is a through route with little reason for people to stop or visit. Consequently there is not much of a community as a lot of people just come and go…
However the site and area does have a lot of potential.