Glasgow Road Industrial Estate is the official name for the small industrial units although it has been known locally as Auchinraith Industrial Estate, sometimes known as Auchinraith Trading Estate. It was constructed at the corner of Herbertson Street and Glasgow Road in 1980 by the Council as a means to re-accommodate many traders who were entitled to relocation following the earlier compulsory purchase orders and redevelopment of Glasgow Road.
Located on the site of the former police Station, Central Premises and Avon Buildings, the estate still exists today and is entered from Herbertson Street, via a new street called ‘Rosendale Way’, a nod to the nearby former building of that name.
The estate consists of 2 blocks facing on to Glasgow Road with parking and yard areas to the rear, where customer entrances are located. One block is large and L shaped, the other block on Glasgow Road is subdivided into 2 smaller buildings. The blocks should not be confused with the larger Scot Industrial Products Ltd building further up Herbertson Street, accessed from the same entrance. It is built of brown and beige bricks with corrugated roofs.
One of the first tenants was JR Reid Printers in 1980, who relocated to the front of these buildings from their premises demolished on the same spot a year earlier.
Also following demolition of Anderson (Botterils) Building to the east, Botterils also continued trading from this new estate. Braidwood Builders were also initially major occupiers of these premises at the rear.
During the mid 1990’s, Motorsport Racing based themselves there, specialising in repairing and upgrading of high performance vehicles. Other businesses were MB Upholstery, Dream Kitchens later Palazzo and also Malin Service Centre. Thistle Sporting Goods was also in this industrial estate. They made bags, kilt rolls, pennants etc. and also sponsored Blantyre Vics football club for a while Not forgetting Eurotiles, Morses, TLS Van Hire and Nylon Machining Services.
Modern businesses that occupy the trading estate today include KD Designs, Top to Tail Dog Grooming, Scot Industrial Products at the rear, UPVC Window & Door Company, Horizon Lighting Ltd, Banlaw Systems (Europe) Ltd, Floor Store, RSD Glass works, Parkhill and Orr & Sons.
The letting agent is Ryden and Whyte & Barrie and in recent years, more of these units have punched out the bricks on the front façade to form large plate glass windows on the Glasgow Road frontage. This certainly offers far better advertising. A few of the units currently remain empty in 2017, the most recent business being the arrival of Horizon Lighting, which has a bright lights display in their shop windows during evenings.
From the book, “Blantyre Glasgow Road South – The Real Story” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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