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A-LISTED Former Glasgow School Complex Put On The Market

SOCIAL enterprise organisation the Wise Group has put its headquarters near Glasgow Green on the market.

The A-listed building in Charlotte Street at Greendyke Street was the former Our Lady and St Francis Secondary School.

Sean Duffy, chief executive of the Wise Group, announced the sale on the organisation’s website, saying:  “By transforming to a more modern and flexible operating model we have the ability to be closer to our communities and not be bound by a physical place of work that in recent years has started to restrict us. So the Wise Group HQ at Charlotte Street is on the market.”

He added: “Our building sits on the site of David Dale’s mansion and latterly was a secondary school designed by distinguished Glasgow practice Gillespie Kidd & Coia. Its heritage is important to us. Architects Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan were innovative in approach, and David Dale was an apprentice turned great industrialist and founder of New Lanark Mills who strove to improve lives.

“Our Charlotte Street home is quirky and full of history. But it’s also big and over the years has become a little clunky and cavernous for us. Our justice, skills, employment and fuel poverty colleagues are all hidden away in separate secondary school style form rooms when the majority could and should be in our communities, where the need and impact is greatest.

“We are excited about the opportunity to develop new approaches, connections and capabilities that this move will unlock for us. We are excited about the positive opportunity this provides to our colleagues, our partners and most importantly our customers.”