A DEVELOPER has been given permission for a major residential scheme involving B-listed former mill buildings in the Gorbals.
Glasgow City Council planners have given the go-ahead for the proposal by Westpoint Homes which includes conversion of the Twomax premises on Old Rutherglen Road at Commercial Road, which has the oldest surviving iron‐framed mill in Glasgow.
Construction of a new block of flats will also take place on the site of a recently demolished former health facility.
A previous plan by a different applicant was approved last year.
A design statement submitted with the latest application explained: “The aim of the development is rejuvenate the Twomax building and create a new frontage onto Commercial Road with new-build flats, supported by a green open amenity space within the block for residents.
“The development is proposed to provide 100 units, which is made up of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.
“The current consent provided 92 units. The new proposal creates 100 apartments and a commercial unit, within the massing parameters of the existing consent. Forty-five units are proposed in the new-build elements of the scheme, which is six more than previously.”
The statement continued: “The corner of Old Rutherglen Road and Commercial Road is one of the key aspects the new-build element of the proposal has to address.
“This is a prominent corner across from the Gorbals Rose Garden, and with the shop located on the ground floor at this point, it is important to create a strong relationship with the street.
“Our proposal steps away from the form of the Twomax saw tooth roof, and, as such, the new design is less dominant and gives more emphasis to the Twomax building.”