Originally built as a post-war housing estate in the 1950s, Barmulloch in North East Glasgow had high levels of employment, mainly due to a strong local manufacturing base. Over time, industry declined and many world renowned companies closed. Barmulloch and the surrounding areas suffered an economic downturn. Increasing unemployment and associated social issues led to Barmulloch reaching the top 5% of the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.
Barmulloch Farm 1900
Barmulloch Tenants Hall 2013
Barmulloch Residents Centre 2017
Finding themselves in a new, greenfield estate with no social facilities, local residents formed Barmulloch Tenants and Residents Association (BTRA) and with their own hands, erected and fitted out a Tenants Hall at Quarrywood Road in 1957. A much loved and used facility it became unfit for use and in 2004 the Board of BTRA decided to form Barmulloch Community Development Company (BCDC) to provide a wider range of community services.
In 2005, BCDC became an incorporated Company and a Registered Charity. Continuing the strong sense of community responsibility shown by their predecessors, the new Board planned to serve the community. Through their efforts they built a new £1.7m Residents Centre to replace the Tenants Hall in 2017, purchased the former Wallacewell Church (now Recreation Hall) and the former All Saints RC Church (now the Broomfield Road Centre and Hope House). Purchases were made by grant aid.
BCDC was the first group in Scotland to receive the Scottish Land Fund Urban Aid Award in 2015.
The success of BCDC, particularly through the completion of the Barmulloch Residents Centre, has resulted in requests to act as a consultant to other charitable bodies looking to complete similar projects. This has led to a variety of partnership working opportunities throughout Ward 17 and beyond. Our four centres of operation provide low cost accommodation for many local organisations and residents.
The Company offers many other community services. It was responsible for the installation of the Multi-Use Games Arena (MUGA), featured entrances and Childrens Playpark in Robroyston Park, and organises an annual gala day, “C in the Park” and supports local schools.
As BCDC looks to the future, the company believes its success is due to its enabling approach to social and economic development and the inclusive brand and corporate identity we portray. Allied to a commitment to working in open, transparent partnerships, we believe we have much more to offer third sector organisations and businesses throughout Ward 17.