DEMOLITION Of Historic Facade Proposed On Safety Grounds

27 August, 2022 | News, Residential, Listed / Historic Buildings

PLANNERS are being asked to agree that the facade of a derelict B-listed former hotel near Glasgow Green can’t be saved because of safety reasons.

LAR Housing Trust was given permission last year for 37 mid-market rent flats at the old Inn on the Green premises on Greenhead Street.

The facade of the building, and that of an adjoining single-storey structure, was to be kept with the reminder of the development being new-build. The roof of the property was destroyed by fire in 2014.

But LAR is now asking for permission to demolish the upper levels of the facade, with just the ground floor frontage retained.

The new proposal
The previous proposal with facade retention

A report submitted with the revised plan states: “We are proposing the reduction in the scope of the work to the facade retention giving due regard to the very poor and unsafe condition of the building superstructure generally.

“Whilst our engineers have confirmed that it is technically feasible to retain the front elevation, they concur with our comments that from a safety perspective we cannot guarantee how the rest of the building will perform with the disturbance during the installation of the internal FRS (facade retention scheme) support elements along with the divorce demolition thereafter at the rear of the front elevation.”

The application is pending assessment by council officials.

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