NS2876 : Watt Memorial School renovation

taken 1 year ago, near to Greenock, Inverclyde, Great Britain

Watt Memorial School renovation
Watt Memorial School renovation
The Dalrymple Street side of the building. Renovation work is in progress.
James Watt Memorial College
Standing near the site of Watt’s birthplace, the James Watt Memorial College on the corner of William Street and Dalrymple Street was officially opened as the Watt Memorial Engineering and Navigation School in June 1908. The building was endowed by Andrew Carnegie. It is known locally as "The Watt School" or "The Watt Memorial School".

Marine engineering and navigation were the main subjects and the proximity to the busy docks at Greenock and Port Glasgow meant that the college was convenient for seamen from around the world who wanted to study while in port.

The college closed in 1973 when the new James Watt College opened at Finnart Street in the west end of the town.

Extensive renovation and restoration by Inverclyde Council (costing around £2,000,000) is nearing completion at the time of writing (Augst 2017). This includes installation of a lift, new heating and ventilation systems and the repair of the B listed LinkExternal link façade. On completion, the building will provide office accommodation for the Council's Environmental Services department.
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Date Taken
Monday, 7 August, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 12 August, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  City, Town centre 
Primary Subject of Photo
Historic Building 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2805 7619 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.8732N 4:45.3131W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 2805 7623
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