FLATS And Townhouses Plan For Historic City Centre School Building

5 January, 2024 | Listed / Historic Buildings

The building as it is currently

PLANS have been drawn up to turn a B-listed former school building in Garnethill into apartments.

The Mount Building, previously part of St Aloysius College, would be converted into 18 flats under the proposal, with three townhouses built in the grounds.

The building, originally, constructed as a grand mansion in 1882, is on the corner of Scott Street and Buccleuch Street.

How the development is expected to look

A design statement included with the planning application explains: “Mosaic Architecture and Design has been commissioned by Nevis Properties Ltd to develop the Mount Building into managed apartments.

“The client has recently acquired this B Listed Property with a rich history, formerly housing the art and drama department of St. Aloysius College and as a charitable children’s hospital in its past.

“The aim is to carry out a sympathetic conversion of the property that improves the building fabric and maintains the preservation and protection of its historical and architectural significance.

“The design approach priorities minimal structural interventions, aiming to maximize the opportunities presented by the existing building and its fabric.”

How the development is expected to look
How the development is expected to look

The document continues: “In addition to retaining the character of the structure, the plan involves introducing family-style mews houses to the rear lane, seamlessly blending modern functionality with the historic setting.

“One of the key objectives is to enhance the general appearance of the property, ensuring that the conversion not only respects the heritage but also contributes positively to the surrounding environment.

“This includes measures to improve biodiversity and promote energy efficiency, aligning with contemporary sustainability standards.

“The overall vision is to create a harmonious and sustainable living space that honours the building’s legacy while meeting the needs of modern occupants.”

The application is pending assessment by Glasgow planners.

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