Bus station plea as landmark building flattened

DALZIEL WORKSPACE (FORMERLY DALZIEL HS ANNEXE) - BEING DEMOLISHED
DALZIEL WORKSPACE (FORMERLY DALZIEL HS ANNEXE) - BEING DEMOLISHED

A MOTHERWELL landmark is disappearing with the demolition of Dalziel Workspace.

The Mason Street building first opened as a school in 1879 to serve the children of Watsonville and was Motherwell Central Junior Secondary School before becoming an annexe to nearby Dalziel High.

It closed in the 1990s and was briefly the Modyrvale Centre, featuring a medical centre and shops, before being transformed into offices.

With the opening of the Dalziel Building in Scott Street, Dalziel Workspace closed in March 2008.

Following a series of break-ins, North Lanarkshire Council was forced to spend £1,500 a week on 24-hour security.

The building was subject to two failed planning applications to convert it to retail units and flats, and last February the council announced a £300,000 contract to demolish the building. Work started last week.

Times & Speaker reader Sarah Leary suggest the site would be ideal for a much-needed bus station.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport says it is not starting any new projects until it completes refurbishment of the bus stations in Hamilton and Greenock.

Motherwell South East and Ravenscraig councillor Alan Valentine thinks Mason Street would be an ideal location for a bus station he fears it will never happen.

Full story in February 10 edition of Times & Speaker