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Bishopbriggs magazine was a World War II ammunition magazine located to the north of Glasgow, sited near the Wester Balmuidy AA Battery which lay some 500 metres to the southwest.

The site is described as a World War II Anti-Aircraft Ordnance Depot (AAOD) and Emergency Equipment Ammunition Magazine.

The area adjacent to the northeast side of the magazine is reported to have been a Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) depot, now demolished and cleared, while the buildings to the southeast comprise a bonded warehouse.

Reports of the site describe the remains of an 18 bay magazine, comprising numerous corrugated iron buildings, Nissen huts with concrete shells, and semi-buried buildings, together with evidence of access road and the remains of perimeter fencing. Much of the site is overgrown, and the building are described as being either dilapidated or collapsed.

Site visit

A site visit was carried out during January 2008. The eastern end of the site was found to have been taken over by an eco-recycling centre (then Buchley Eco-Centre, supplying landscapers), and was piled high with compost, wood, and similar materials. A small bunker was identified in this area, together with a larger brick building which may have been a workshop. Various piles of demolition debris were visible along the western boundary of the centre.

The central area of the site was surrounded by an inner fence, within which a large, intact magazine was seen, together with a small number of hut bases to the west.

The remainder of the site comprised five sets of magazines which composed of pairs of large Nissen huts encased by approximately four inches of concrete reinforcement, some with blast walls adjacent, and all arranged to lie near the original perimeter fence.

The southeast corner contained the remains of a large, roofless, concrete bunker, which had either been partitioned, or had numerous bays which housed heavy shelving.

The original perimeter fencing consisted of steel mesh, variously supported by steel posts or heavier concrete posts, and with the remains of the original gates, all typical of military installations dating from the war. The site is now heavily wooded and barely visible when the trees are in leaf.

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Perimeter magazines

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Magazine 3
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Magazine 3
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Magazine 4
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Magazine 4
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Magazine 5
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Southeast magazine
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Southeast magazine


Central magazine

Entrance,2008, Fox
Entrance
Building perimeter,2008, Fox
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Storage bays,2008, Fox
Storage bays
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Building perimeter


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