EVENTS Venue Next To Celtic Park Looks Set To Progress

5 January, 2023 | Arts, Leisure, Entertainment and Sport

PLANS for a purpose-built events venue beside Celtic Park look set to be taken forward by a developer.

Planning permission was given in March 2020 for two-storey premises, with space for 700 people, plus covered external seating and five container units as hot food takeaway outlets.

The proposal involves vacant land next to 1257 London Road, including part of Dalriada Street.

Some of the land involved belongs to Glasgow City Council and councillors are now being asked to agree to its sale.

A report by officials states: “The purchaser intends to acquire the land to be developed for leisure and event use. Discussions are ongoing in respect of a revised planning application.”

No details are given about what changes to the original plan are being proposed.

Documents submitted to the planning department when the first application was made in July 2018 stated that the venue would be called G40 and would host a range of events including live music, corporate dinners, weddings, fashion shows, and food and drink events.

It had been designed to look like an engine shed to reflect Glasgow’s railway heritage.

Drawings submitted by applicant Dalriada Developments Ltd showed areas with space for 420 people on the ground floor and 280 people on the upper floor of the venue.

A statement by architect James Aitchison, lodged on the applicant’s behalf in July 2018, explained: “The proposals are for a multi-disciplinary arts and events centre which will become one of the leading venues available for hire in the East End of Glasgow. The complex will host a multitude of different types of events.

“This project will ensure that the East End of Glasgow will catch up with the rest of the city to offer this distinct community the same type of event space which is already widely available in the West End and city centre.”

It continued: “There is a growing demand from the East End of Glasgow, in tandem with its regeneration, to have its own venue for the local community to enjoy and that venue to act as a social hub during the day with the spaces being offered to local groups and organisations for them to utilise.

“This type of multi-disciplinary venue has been extremely successful in other major cities across the UK including Manchester and London and this application is the opportunity to bring it to Glasgow

“With the major development works following on from both the Commonwealth Games and the redevelopment of Celtic Park, the opportunity to continue the improvement momentum is illustrated by this application and its place in providing another piece of the Glasgow East End jigsaw.”

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