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Drama school for a Glasgow industrial relic

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The North British Locomotive Company's Flemington Street office building. A versatile building, it was turned into a hospital during World War I, and served as the HQ for the company’s badminton club.

The administration building of the North British Locomotive Company featured in last night’s episode of Lip Service, BBC3’s Glasgow-based drama. Two of the characters visited what was said to have been their old secondary school. 

In fact it was the former offices of the largest locomotive builder in Europe! The building, known as Flemington Street, opened in 1909 and was the hub where orders from around the world poured in and plans for thousands of locomotives were drawn up.

The offices were adjacent to the Hyde Park Works, one of the company’s three Glasgow works.  It was from this factory that our No. 9 tank engine rolled onto the rails in 1917.

Although not a secondary school as portrayed in the show, the building was home to the North Glasgow College after the locomotive works closed in 1962. The college recently opened their new building, just across the street on the former site of Hyde Park Works.

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  1. This is certainly not a well-known Glasgow landmark, but seems like a fine building. Some general idea of where it actually is would have been useful! Maybe even a photo of it as it is now?

    Harry

    November 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    • The Administration Building on Flemington Street is located in Springburn. It is very near Springburn Railway Station, and is across the Street from the North Glasgow College. The North British Locomotive Company had three works, Hyde Park and Atlas Works in Springburn and Queen’s Park Works in Polmadie.

      jmessner

      November 11, 2010 at 12:18 pm


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