A blast from the past: Pensioner revisits childhood home at CALA site

Stanley Johnson with Suart Dallas from CALA Homes West

A Glasgow pensioner enjoyed a trip down memory lane recently, after visiting the cottage where he was born on the site of the former Jordanhill Campus.

Stanley Johnson was eager to visit the site  – now known as Jordanhill Park – before it closed for construction work as part of CALA Homes’ £100 million redevelopment, which will deliver 400 homes.

After contacting the housebuilder he was treated to a personal tour of the former campus and a last look at the house he was born in over 70 years ago. Stanley said, “Dad moved in during 1932 and I was born in 1942 in the front room. it was a ‘tied’ house as my dad was deputy head gardener.

“The visit brought back a lot of memories and I now have the photos to remind me of them. I was surprised at how interested my wife and daughter were as we explored every nook and cranny. I can’t thank CALA enough for being so helpful.”

Project director David Sutherland added, “It was a pleasure to show Stanley around and help him relive his early days. The fact that he was born in the cottage made it extra special for us – we knew this was a one-off chance for Stanley to enjoy a last look at his former home and share with his family a slice of his life that they’ve never previously experienced.”

The visit took place just days before Stanley celebrated his 76th birthday and the former campus closed to the public. Access to the site ceased for safety reasons on 15 October 2018 as initial construction works got underway.

CALA Homes West is to invest £100 million in redeveloping the site, which housed one of Scotland’s leading teaching facilities before being vacated in 2012.