QUARRIERS SCHOOL – IMAGINATIVE CONVERSION OF ABANDONED VICTORIAN SCHOOL.
In the late nineteenth century, William Quarrier, a leading businessman bequeathed an estate and built a village in the outskirts of Bridge of Weir. His vision was to provide a homely atmosphere rather the traditional large institutions for the many orphaned and destitute children from the impoverished areas of Scottish towns and cities. By the end of the nineteenth century, over 40 villas together with a school and a church had been built in a variety of styles. In its heyday it was regarded as a model of philanthropy and social responsibility.
Attitudes towards social care changed and gradually the population numbers in the village started to decline. Many of the villas were subsequently converted into private homes.
One of village’s most significant buildings, the William Quarrier School had been vacated and unfortunately over the years suffered from vandalism and dilapidation.
The original layout was preserved to retain the elegant glazed entrance atrium and twin stairs with all the apartments designed over two levels to exploit the high volumes and tall windows. A contemporary townhouse was carefully added to the formal composition incorporating the original school tower.