Leyland Motor Company

Graffiti and the locale-6C

Leyland Motor Company at present is a forgotten building within a forgotten area-harshly bounded at its peripheries by transportation, the railway to its east and north periphery and the M74 hovering along the south-west facade. The building has been in the heart of an area which is rich in transportation and automotive industry, at present leaving the area unforgiving to the pedestrian scale and pace. The preceding indication of human activity away from the enclave of a fast moving metal shell is the graffiti which drapes the facade of the buildings.

An interview with renowned graffiti artist Smug gave an insight into the relationship graffiti artists have using the urban realm as a canvas, and acted as a springboard in the theme of graffiti within our objective. How graffiti is perceived by the public has accelerated away from an illegal act on the city, and can be used as a tool to revitalise an area. The relationship the locale has with graffiti could be transformed by using it as a tool to attract interest to the forgotten locale and begin a conversation within a forgotten area starved of community.

September 18th 9:44 am

Eat your greens.

Approaching with the next rising sun is our last day in the tent. The finale, anticipated as much as the GBBO, will bring the last of this year’s Vertical Project Star Baker. Snippets of work from other groups have been appearing here, on Instagram and as unwanted extra sheets around the printers (for all we know somebody might actually be baking, from the amount of pages covered in tiny little cupcake images accumulating on every spare surface of the space).

But we should talk about our project, shouldn’t we? A port for the drifting mind and spirit formulated into a new brave, radical proposal. Tomorrow’s Earth, a new religious movement, holding it’s headquarters at the site of 140 Salkeld Street. For now the building itself is a mere set of drawings, however the ideology took a strong hold over our minds and hopefully tomorrow – yours too. Look out for salad green paper. It’s only common knowledge vegetables are better for you than sweets.

September 18th 7:17 pm

6A- About us

It’s a shabby setup, but what do you expect? With such little time to band together and create something watchable, you would expect a little less positive energy. Luckily, we’ve managed to miss the memo.

In fact, just as important as the project itself, one could say, is getting to know the people who have been assigned to stick around you for the past few days.

More than the increasing wealth of information about one another’s backgrounds, motivations and goals, the hours spent discussing a single purpose, the creation of this video, can be the root of a number of laughs, cries (of joy and disbelief) and finally, sighs of relief ( we’re still a few hours away from that last stage).

Suffice to say, that once this project is over, the good times will be far from that.

 

(And no matter how derelict our building seems, it might even stand a chance as well!)

September 18th 1:47 pm

A Port?!

With Layland Motor Company, as well as with the rest of the buildings we are focusing on within this project, it is visually obvious that a change is needed. Initially as a group, walking around the grey locale a state of semi-despair dawned on us. What to do?

The building itself is beautiful, but in its present state resembles only an echo of its glorious past as a vehicle show-room. More so, now, it speaks a language of warehouses and whole-sellers which surround it. Once belonging to a vibrant world of trading and architecture, its shell only faintly whispers: help me, I can still be of use.

The information we gathered, led us to place 140 Salkeld Street in Laurieston and while this is true, it’s a wonder why the address runs no trace of Port Eglinton. After all, the site itself was in Port Eglinton Basin, it was the origin of Paisley and Johnstone Canal. Never quite becoming a highly significant success, the remaining trace of maritime activity is in the name, (perhaps it would be a strong sentence if it was to finish there, but alas) and the railway viaduct, in place of the former canal which stands corrected.

So, are we going to propose a reinstatement of a long-lost port? Well, a theoretical one, of sorts. A port of the drifting mind and spirit. 

September 18th 12:10 pm

6A- About the site

Notice how the building formerly know as the Leyland Motor Company, a striving center of industry and progress, is now partly shut down, while its ´rear end´ serves the occupying car washes of our day and age.

Little can be said about its state, which has not been observed with similar derelict counterparts in our city. Graffiti spreads, broken glass and overgrowth are its most common signs of age. The barbed wire set in place to protect the building only seems like further vandalism to its image.

In truth, it is not a place that attracts people. It could never revitalize its surroundings and spread a welcoming atmosphere around its perimeters. At least not in its current form.

A change is needed.

September 18th 2:11 pm

Leyland Motor Company-6C

Leyland Motor Company located on 140 Salkeld Street on the southside of Glasgow was probably* designed by James Miller in 1933. The B-listed art deco building was built as the Glasgow home for Leyland Motor Company with the original plan comprising of offices along the east and north periphery, joined at the corner by a four-storey curved fronted tower. The original plans indicate the rear of the building as space allocated for the services department, which reflects the current use of the building today 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.

September 18th 7:59 pm

Layland Motor Company – 6B

 

The Layland Motor Company is an art-deco styled industrial building and one of many abandoned warehouses and industrial spaces in and around the locale just south of the river Clyde. The site is characterised by harsh boundaries which separate it from the city; an effect of the heavy infrastructure that facilitates high speed transport links and the private nature of industrial sites. The main rail line to Glasgow Central Station running parallel to Eglinton street separates Tradeston, where the warehouse is located, from Laurieston with very few crossing points. The more recent M74 overpass cuts through the heart of this industrial zone, dominates what lies beneath and is in conflict with the existing arrangement of the roads and blocks. The lack of amenities and variety in the industrial locale has placed it in a state of limbo in what is a relatively central point of the city; just a five minute walk south of the river. During the week, the roadside is lined with parked cars, left by commuters who will then walk or use the subway to get to their workplaces in the city centre. The existing businesses in the area include garages, building merchants, catering services, various wholesalers and a gas company. The most recent occupiers of the Motor company was the Strathclyde Police Mounted Branch who vacated the premises in 2012. Staff in the building merchants across the road noted that there has been a noticeable rise in crime in the area since they relocated, with smashed windows, graffiti and fly tipping on the the roadside being common sights throughout this industrial zone. A small cafe on a neighbouring street and the occasional food truck are the only public ‘social’ spaces offered to those who work in the area, and are unlikely to attract neighbouring residents.

September 18th 12:21 pm