The East Pollokshields Quad – Traditional Skills ‘Live Build’

Ever wanted to try your hand at brick laying?
Well now’s your chance!


In partnership with East Pollokshields Quad and the Residents of 281 Kenmure Street, Glasgow City Heritage Trust are hosting a series of ‘Live Build’ training days in traditional brick laying and wall repair.

Throughout September, heritage building contractor Darren McLean of Vitruvio Ltd will be reinstating a recently collapsed wall which forms the boundary between the East Pollokshields Quad community space, and the backcourt of 281 Kenmure Street. At various points during this time, the build will be opened up to members of the public to learn new skills and get hands on in helping to rebuild this victorian garden wall.

If you enjoy learning by doing and getting your hands dirty, then this is training for you!
On each of the training days attendees will be guided through a series of tasks, including removing cement mortar, raking out joints, mixing lime, brick laying and lime pointing.

This training is FREE to attend, however due to the constraints of the site, places are limited.
All attendees will need to book in advance and be aged 16yrs +
Please see the ‘BOOKING tab for further details and available dates.

Each training day will start onsite at 9.30am with a run through of the days tasks and demonstrations.
We will then work in small groups to repair the wall, taking regular refreshment breaks throughout the day.
We will look to finish onsite at 4.30pm each day. It is our hope that you will attend for the full session.

PPE will be provided, however we encourage you to wear clothes that you are prepared to get dirty.
Please note that this is an outdoors activity, we encourage you to dress appropriately.
No prior skill or knowledge is required, just an enthusiasm to get involved and work happily through potential rain.

See images of the project site below.

If you have any questions relating to the project then please contact our Traditional Skills Officer, Michael Goodger,

This project has been made possible through funding from Glasgow City Heritage Trust, East Pollokshields Quad, Residents of 281 Kenmure Street, and Glasgow Community Planning Partnership.


The Traditional Skills ‘Live Build’ will take place at the rear of 281 Kenmure Street  in East Pollokshields Quad. East Pollokshields Quad can be accessed through a gated entrance situated on Kenmure Street, and Darnley Street. See map below.

By Train
The East Pollokshields Quad is situated within a 5-10min walk from Pollokshields West Station, and Pollokshields East Station.

By Bus
The closest bus stop is on Nithsdale Road and is served by the following buses 89 simpliCITY, 90, 121.

By Car
We encourage you to arrive by public transport, bike or foot, however if arriving by car, please note that there is no parking available within The East Pollokshields Quad. Parking in the surrounding street is free of charge.