MP presses chancellor on funding for Holmwood

Holmwood House exterior. Copyright: 'National Trust for Scotland.
Holmwood House exterior. Copyright: 'National Trust for Scotland.

SNP MP for Glasgow South, Stewart McDonald, this week asked the Chancellor to consider funding for restoration work at Holmwood House in Cathcart.

Chancellor Philp Hammond said he would carefully look at submissions for funding after Glasgow South MP, Stewart McDonald, pressed the Treasury to grant Holmwood House extra funding from money generated by Libor banking scandal fines - as happened with funding for the Burrell Collection, which this week closed for refurbishment works.

Lying just a few miles from the centre of Glasgow and built between 1857-8, Holmwood House is a unique villa that has been described as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s finest domestic design and attracts around 4000 visitors per year.

Commenting, Stewart McDonald said: “The Government previously gave the Burrell Collection, also in my constituency, £5 million following the collection of Libor fines, and I’ve always thought using that money for heritage and cultural projects is enormously positive.

“However with the Burrell collection closing for its refurbishment works, I am concerned about the impact this will have on other venues in the Southside such as Holmwood House.

“If the Government is able to assist Holmwood house with some funding to help overcome these challenges and assist with some of the necessary restoration works, then it would be an enormously positive thing for one of the jewels in Glasgow’s architectural heritage.

“2017 also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, and next year both the National Trust for Scotland and the Alexander Thomson Society will be doing a lot to promote the work of one of Glasgow’s most distinguished and well-known architects.

“That is why I am pleased that the UK Government is willing to consider extra funding ahead of this historical occasion next year, and I shall be formally writing to the Chancellor setting out the facts to help make the case for Holmwood House ahead of the Autumn Statement next month.

“The Southside boasts an incredible built heritage with a fine collection of historical buildings –as Alexander Thomson’s bi-centenary and Holmwood House demonstrate.

“It’s high time we share this with the people of Glasgow and the wider world.”